- "O ye who tread the Narrow Way, by Tophet-flare to Judgment Day, be gentle when ‘the heathen’ pray, to Buddha at Kamakura!"
- –Rudyard Kipling
Kotoku-in's placement requirements are pretty easy to satisfy, and its bonuses are helpful to both militaristic and religious empires. Players using a leader and civilization that receive bonuses on both fronts (such as Chandragupta, Philip II, or Tamar) will be able to make especially good use of the free Warrior Monks if they earn the Disciples promotion. However, the most important aspect of this Wonder is the 20% extra Faith generation. It is important for players aiming for Religious Victory since it can somewhat expand the rather narrow time window for this victory route by providing the highest Faith bonus in the game to offset the ever-increasing cost of your Religious units.
Serene, enduring, and somewhat mysterious, the Buddha statue known as the Daibutsu sits outside of Kamakura’s Kōtoku-in. Towering over the Buddhist temple’s visitors, the Daibutsu patiently greets both faithful and tourist alike. An unknown artist cast the Great Buddha of Kamakura out of bronze, which has since oxidized into a muted green color through natural weathering.
However, the Kōtoku-in’s artist clearly built it to last. It survived an earthquake and two typhoons, one of which destroyed the building that used to surround it. The statue remains unfazed by nature’s attempts to unseat its 750-year meditation.