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Koryu-ji Temple, Kyoto

(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It is a temple, Kyoto's history from Qin Hirotaka Temple Station on the randen. Very well maintained grounds are a pleasant stroll through the gardens. They say here in the famous national treasure No. 1 of the bodhisattva Maitreya. Beautiful atmosphere and the friendly face to drink. Also lined with statues of many national treasures and important cultural properties, and forget about time.
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  • There are 17 members was enshrined in many Buddhist though no. 1 national treasure Miroku bodhisattva statue is famous in lingbao, also Asuka period to Kamakura period from the national treasure is. In the dimly lit space, about a famous Buddha image, feeling of divinity. Of another one of Budda statue (crying Maitreya) remains impressive.
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  • Their presence was more than imagination. There are statues also just around the corner, we see a lot. Environment like atmosphere has changed from gate to is the invigorating atmosphere. It is recommended to hang out near the shopping district. Enough with local people and local liveability. It is slowly using the time so well away from the center of where you want to visit.
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  • The highlight of this temple is a large statue hall of Bodhisattva. The temple contains a number of important pieces of cultural heritage. One of national treasures in Japan is a wooden image of the Bodhisattva Maitreya sitting contemplatively in the half-lotus position, called "Hōkan Miroku" (宝冠弥勒). It is a very rare object which is carefully preserved and displayed at Kōryū-ji. No photo shooting is allowed in this hall. These photos above are adopted from other resources on the Internet. The entrance fee is 700 yen for adults. ( Trans-word+ : TGM Kyoto Guide )
  • I know there're many 'Unknown temples' which has really nice garden and musiam all over the world. Koru-ji is one of the temples in Kyoto. It has many famous statues there like Hanka Shiyui Zou which is so famous that everyone knows it in History textbook. I really like this place. As my personal opinion, it's highly recomendable.
  • So beautiful!:)
  • As the temples of Kyoto tourism that large no medium-sized Temple. Low profile people who come to Kyoto's Temple of Shotoku and oldest temple in Kyoto. Well here comes to see numerous statues exhibited in the Museum, while Miroku bodhisattva statue is worth. Germany philosopher Karl Jaspers and have exceeded Greece sculpture said Buddhist sculptures made in the evening. Rate of helmet smile (and diplomatic smile) and I want us watching a archaic miles said. April, may, October, 11-Sunday holidays usually private Katsura Palace main hall (national treasure) published. Rare in Japan as Horyu-ji Temple yumedono, octagonal endo. If you visit at this time is recommended. Unfortunately the South Gate on the entrance of the temple walls are slaughtering in demolition repairing 35 years ago, has become a "Board of white paint" thing. It's a shame for the temple. It is the shame of Kyoto.
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  • I asked, surprised by the notices of the "prohibited grounds" "Buddha don't like crowds reflected the angle taken" with that. NG's lingbao, in, of course. Bodhisattva Maitreya besides though, was overwhelmed to sculptures of the 12 divine generals and save. Stamp stamp was a little disappointing.
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