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Kikō-ji (喜光寺) is a Buddhist temple in Nara. Founded in the eighth century, its Muromachi-period Hondō and the Heian-period statue of Amida Nyorai enshrined within are Important Cultural Properties.
In those days this temple was called "Sugawara-dera". When the Emperor Shomu visited here in 748, a mysterious light was emitting from the principal image of Buddha. The Emperor was so delighted he renamed the temple "Kikoji", meaning "delightful light temple". It is said that the Buddhist Saint Gyoki learned and got information from the main hall of this temple when he was in charge of building Todai-ji Temple.
After achieving various great projects, Gyoki passed away in this temple.