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Sanjusangendo Hall

Address: 657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto 605-0941, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-525-0033
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the great hall within which houses 1001 life-sized, wooden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Awe inspiring Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara flanked by a thousand statutes of deity Kannon. Make sure to bring socks as you must remove your shoes to visit the temple. Do forget to visit the Chishaku-in temple in the back of the property to ring the bell for good luck.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent temple, with a living culture and spirituality -- it was great to see a temple where worship still goes on, and the spirituality is maintained despite all the tourist visit. We could not visit it a second time, as they close early (3.30 pm?) Please check the time table;

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I wasn't excited about visiting this one in particular, but I turned out to be wrong. Totally worth a visit, this hall is quite impressive. Little gardens set nearby are cute as well.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

There is 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. (Guan Yin) The temple was built by a warlord from the Taira clan for the monk emperor Shirakawa Go. Its a must visit !

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East Linton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

As others have written this temple is impressive but its not until you actually see the 1001 Kannon statues that you truly take in the amazing site. Some of the goddess statues are striking, particularly the beggar, and their glass eyes give them an eery feel of life. We visited in January and practically had the place to ourselves so... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Even if I tell you that photos are forbidden do not hesitate to visit this temple. This temple which is devoted to Kanon godess (1001 statues of Kanon are founf in the main hall of the temple) In the corridor behind the kanon statues are 28 Japanese deities that protect the buddist universe. This temple is also known for the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Perhaps the more spectacular place we visited. Not just because the Temple but because it was much less crowded so we "feel" the place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

this is an amazing temple, with 1000's of ancient wooden statues. That sight is amazing and impressive.

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We visited the House of a Thousand Buddhas after the much too touristy Fushimi Irani. This was much better than Fushimi Inari. Highly recommend. Kannon, one thousand standing statues of Kannon and one gigantic seated statue in the center of the temple.Statues made of Japanese cypress from 12 and 13th centuries.

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I went to this hall expecting to see thousands of Buddhist carvings and I was still overwhelmed by the sheer number. The hall is very imposing from the outside as it is much longer than most temples. Inside is absolutely crammed full of beautiful hand-carved statues. Most depict the same deity, but there are especially masterful carvings of other specific... More 

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