6. Horyuji Temple 法隆寺 was founded by Prince Shotoku in 607. The entire complex has been preserved making Horyuji a sort of museum of the building styles from the 7th century onwards. Enclosed by roofed corridors, the Western Precinct is home to the world's oldest surviving wooden structures built during the Asuka Period and have never suffered damage or destruction. The Eastern Precinct showcases the octagonal Yumedono Hall of Dream Visions with its statue of Guze Kannon which had been kept under wraps for centuries until 1884.