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“What a piece of History”

Sanjusangendo Temple
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Kyoto Afternoon Tour to Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall and Kiyomizu Temple...
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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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“What a piece of History”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

The 1000 Statues at around 1.5m tall each is magnificent and so are the statues of the gods and guardians. Looking at them makes you feel connected to Japan religious history and there so many other artifacts on show. Its a pity that no cameras are allowed and don't even try sneaking a video cam, everyone who visits the temple respect the rules in place and warning signs are placed that if you are caught taking pictures, they will confiscate your photography device. Like a army camps, signs are placed to warn visitors they they will spot check your devices at will. Just grab a copy of the brochure and postcards for memories. By the way, the entrance fee cost 600yen. There are buses from Kyoto station and the same bus goes to Kiyomizudera and Ginkakuji. If you are taking trains, take Keihan Line and stop at Shichijo and walk 100-200m up a slope.

Visited April 2013
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Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

The 1000 statues of Kannon are impressive but for me the highlight was the expressive wooden statues of the guardian deities. An easy busride from Kyoto bus terminal (100 or 206). The gardens an added extra. No photos allowed inside.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Building”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

We found this attraction very interesting and the 1001 Kannon golden statues and buddha was incredible. The ornamental gardens and ponds are really beautiful too. Its amazing that it was designed even back then to withstand earthquakes.

Visited April 2013
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“Worth visiting - Vale la pena visitarlo”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

It would attract many more people if you could take photos inside of the 1001 Kannon golden statues. Regardless, it's great!
Se fosse possibile fotografare le 1001 statue dorate dei Kannon Budda all'interno molta più gente lo visiterebbe.

Visited April 2013
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“1001 Wooden Statues”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

There was something very compelling about the main structure and its contents that make it a must-see when in Kyoto: 1001 hand carved multi-armed statues of the deity Kannon. surrounding a single large statue of the goddess, all set in the longest wooden building in Japan. Twenty-eight all different guardian statues stand in front of this visually awesome collection. Also the scene of archery competitions, where arrows were shot from one end of the long building to the other end. The record of 8,000 arrows was set in 1686.

It was originally built in 1164 and reconstructed in 1266. Props to our driver, Tomo, for turning us on to this one.

Visited April 2013
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