A reconstruction of an imperial hall, Daigokuden, which once served as the emperor’s office and a venue for imperial ceremonies will open to the public April 24th as part of the main venue for a festival marking the 1,300th anniversary of the establishment of the ancient capital of Heijokyo.
Heijō-kyō (平城京, also Heizei-kyō, sometimes Nara no miyako), was the capital city of Japan (710-740 and 745-784) during most of the Nara period (710-794). The Palace site is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site together with other places in the city of Nara.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs rebuilt Daigokuden, the largest building of the eighth-century Heijokyu palace, at a cost of 18 billion yen ($191.8 million).
During the festival period, the hall is expected to be illuminated at night.