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Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto

Categories: Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Pay a visit to Sanjusangendo Temple, a Buddhist temple known for its 100 sculptures of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The current shrine dates back to 1266, when it replaced an older structure badly damaged by fire. Enter the spacious wooden hall to admire life-size statues of the resident deity, made of Japanese cypress and adorned with gold leaf. Take a stroll through the picturesque temple garden and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred site steeped in history. Use our Kyoto vacation builder to visit Sanjusangendo Temple on your trip to Kyoto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This temple is located near Kyoto station. Exit and then go to the right. Continue straight 1.5 km walk (go 3 times the water over) and then you see the temple on the left. Pay 600 yen, take off your shoes and get into the Hall where a very large and beautiful Buddha statue surveyed by 1000 characters. The front of the hall you can find also Indian gods that nicely worked out each time. It is forbidden to take pictures ... Personally I had here a little more than expected based on the read reviews ... It could not really hit me, but I also have less interest in religion ...
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  • The place is very old. Mid 13th century. The temple itself and the surrounding garden is nothing to write home about. The attraction is inside. Statues of 1001 goddesses and 28 guardians. Longest wood...  read more »
  • The temple is very different to others. The 1001large statues of the Goddess of Mercy are carved beautifully from Cypress wood that are gilded. Each image of the goddess is different and the large sta...  read more »
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