Enkakuji Temple and Hojobashi Bridge are at the entrance of Shurijo Castle which served as the center of Ryukyu Kingdom and its politics, foreign affairs and culture. With architectural influences from both China and Japan, the Castle shows its exceptional cultural and historical values in its unique stonework and architectural design. Thus, Shurijo was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December of 2000, the 11th World Heritage Site within Japan. It was the palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom. During WWII it was almost completely destroyed but reconstructed in 1992 on the original site based on historical records and photographs.