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Koryu-ji Temple, Kyoto

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Marvel at the iconic wooden statue of Buddha’s successor, a contemplative wooden bodhisattva seated in a half-lotus position, at Koryu-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Kyoto. Boasting one of the finest collections of Buddhist wooden sculptures, this early 7th-century temple displays the figures in dimmed lighting, creating a calm, serene atmosphere. Sparsely crowded and off-the-beaten track, the temple provides plenty of benches to sit and contemplate. However, other than sculptures that you can't photograph, the temple offers little else to see and sits relatively far from downtown Kyoto, so consider your trip accordingly. Put Koryu-ji Temple into our Kyoto travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kyoto.
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  • Most of the reviews here are about the history of the temple - if you want historical facts go to Wikipedia my opinion is that of a visiting tourist. The temple is ok and there is some interesting arc...  more »
  • The Koryu-ji Temple is a relatively small one amongst the many huge temples in Kyoto. But because of its iconic Miroku-bosatsu (Maitreya) buddha image, it’s been always a very popular one especially a...  more »
  • Compare here static and dynamic Buddhist sculpture from Japan's medieval centuries, especially from the Kamakura period. Compare before and after with other Buddhist sculpture in the treasury houses o...  more »
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  • Very quiet Temple, very beautiful Rhododendron in the evening on May.
  • Is 603, sub-clans is Qin River WINS kōryū-ji Temple and Shotoku-Taishi on the West side of Uzumasa eigamura familiar and amoghavajra wooden Miroku bosatsu exhibition statue wooden Maitreya bodhisattva exhibition statue wooden Buddha treasure (undisclosed) has national treasure buildings Katsura Palace, Wednesday Axon Kannon statue wooden statue of senjyukannonbosatsu standing wooden 12 God General statue 12 body and many lingbao Palace and laid to rest is has thankfully temple with many treasures Buddha inside the Temple Hall in wooden Amida Nyorai Buddha's enshrined are kōryū-ji Temple is also whether just around the corner, please treasure!
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  • It's worth the detour if you are away. It is even less impressive than the most famous temples of Kyoto... This is his strength: the attendance will allow you to taste a real zen atmosphere that it will be harder to find in the busiest temples.
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  • Statue of Miroku bosatsu of kōryū-ji Temple is the number I as one of the greatest masterpieces in the Buddhist sculptures. Kongorikishi image of Todai-ji Temple South Gate, "Yakushi Yakushi-ji Temple Inner Temple" and "Budda statue of Miroku bosatsu of lingbao Hirotaka Temple"... is the three personally.
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  • 2 of Maitreya bodhisattva is many times the fresh sensation.
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