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Sanjusangendo Hall

657 Sanjusangendo Mawaricho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
+81 75-525-0033
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Ranked #3 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
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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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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this place in Kyoto. Note it's no shoes so dont go with holes in your socks like me! And no photos but you won't see a temple like this anywhere else in Asia.

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New Delhi
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21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Sanjusangen-do..the National Treasure...a Buddha temple of unmatched magnificence and a World Heritage Site. First built in 1164, reconstruction in 1266 after fire. 1001 images of Buddhust deity, Juichimen-senju-sengen Kanzeon, simplified to "Kannon" Buddha of compassion. 1000 standing , one gigantic seated. 33 spaces between columns. 30 images placed in straight line in front of 1001 statues, mostly Indian origin, Varuna... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

That was the most impressive attraction I saw in Kyoto. The statues shine and the grandiosity of it were such a great and pleasant surprise.

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Milan, Italy
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Far enough from the hordes of the most reknown tourist spots, this temple has an intense atmosphere an the view of its 1000 statues is really impressive. It surely deserve a visit!!

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New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

For those on the trail of visiting temples in Japan, this is a must see. You can feel the power of this place with an overwhelming number of statues dating back 800 to 900 years ago. There's a massive Buddha statue (11 feet tall) in the center of the hall that is a Japanese national treasure. Definitely a highlight of... More

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california
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

There are 1001 Buddhist statues inside this hall and it offers a magnificent sight. The grand Buddha statue of the Goddess of Mercy only adds to this magnificence. Walk through this hall slowly and absorb the history as well as the 1001 statues. The only reserve is photos and videos are strictly NOT allowed...

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Kyoto, Japan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The statues are impressive; there's not much else to see here. We stopped by on the way to Fushimi Inari which worked out well, but I don't know if I'd make an afternoon of this temple. Worth a look if you're in the area.

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Daegu, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Buddha statues really are an impressive sight but I was let down by two things, the first was that we aren't actually allowed to take any photos of the Buddah's. While I understand this as the site is a very sacred religious and traditional site, I question why then there is a fee to enter the Hall?.The second let... More

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Really enjoyed this visit. Had read that it was a long hall with 1001 statues but didn't prepare me for the sight. Breathtaking. Plenty explanations in English of the statues along the front. Beautiful large Buddha in centre and those 1001? Go see them. Lovely garden and more to learn too.

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This temple was recommended to us at the hotel and it really is worth visiting. It is a long, long wooden structure that houses one thousand buddha statues - the walk around those is almost breathtaking. There is a really nice garden around the temple and we were lucky enough to be there when the sakura trees blossomed.

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