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Sanjusangendo Hall

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
+81 75-525-0033
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Ranked #6 of 373 Attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Sanjusangendo con... one of the greatest examples of religious art in the world.  It was once part of a large Buddhist complex known as the Rengeoin... more »
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Rome, Italy
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152 reviews 152 reviews
33 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

In this place there are thousand statues of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy. These are of 12th and 13th century. The perspective of the hall is really unbelivable, and you can appreciate the differences between the statues. Touching Experience not to be missed in Kyoto!

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Hong Kong, China
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33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This Temple is well worth a visit, surviving 700 years. 120m long having been reconstructed in 1266 having been lost to fire. But 124 of the statues were saved. The rest carved in the 1200's. Rengeo-in Temple literally means "Hall with thirty three spaces between columns".1000 standing Buddhas and the 11 feet high sitting Buddha in the centre. The Thunder... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were traveling alone and have limited time in Kyoto, we chose it to visit over others as it is close. We were there before the opening and there was no crowd, so we had a good look to all the details of statues, impressive workmanship. There is no photography allowed, but you can buy postcards. Around the area, you... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

As soon as you arrive at their parking lot, they tell you to make way for the bus load of visitors because they are more financially important. They charged me a full fare, disregarding my guide interpreter national certificate. Once inside, you nearly stumble with offertory boxes that are placed every 5 feet. Truly, nothing but money counts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The 1000 Buddhas is the first thing that impress tourists. We were lucky to be able to attend a Buddhist ceremony. I don't know if this happens often, but we considered ourselves very lucky to be able to see it. Impressive!

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Awesome temple to visit, pity no photos are allowed though I understand and respect the reason behind the ban. Spend some time reading the explanation and look closely to the various statues.

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Tortona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Sanjusangedo Temple I think without a doubt it is one of the top temples of Kyoto, of course, this also requires a ticket fee, the price is affordable but well worth the effort. When I visited there it was quite busy that day, many schools visiting here. Beautiful gardens all edited to perfection, of course, but when you pay a... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We went to this temple after learning the Kyoto National Museum was closed. It became one of my favorite temples. First, it didn't feel like a temple but more like a museum. The 1001 Kannon were truly impressive and the 33 Bodhisattva statues were really great. There were good explanations of each of the statues in English. It was just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

visited this Pagoda where 1001 Budha statute have been symmetrically displayed using symmetrical wooden logs.Wonderful site!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Maybe it was because we arrived at the end of a long day of sightseeing, but I did not feel this place was value for money. Although the 1001 statures were different to what other places offered, they were just statures after all. And no photography is allowed inside the Hall. The gardens were also just average.

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