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Hiraizumi, Japan
Chuson-ji - Main hall
Chuson-ji - Sake containers
Chuson-ji - Buddha in main hall
Chuson-ji - Building protecting the Konjiki-do
Chuson-ji - The old building which used to protect the Konjiki-do. Now it is a historical monument in its own right.

Chuson-ji Hiraizumi Reviews

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Chuson-ji Temple Jul 14, 2009
The Chuson-ji is located up on a hill overlooking Hiraizumi. It is one of the main temples of all of northern Japan. The first construction on the site dates back to 850 but the heyday of the temple came much later during the Fujiwara Kiyohira in the early 12th century. The complex was increased into a huge area with about 300 buildings and about 40 temples. The glory days of the old temple complex only lasted a short time - in 1337 most of the buildings were destroyed by fire.

Today there are once again many temples and shrines on the area. Most of it is free of charge you can go in and see the Hon-do (main hall) and many of the other temples for free. There is only a charge when you come to the top of the complex. If you want to go in and see the treasury museum you will have to pay. The museum is not all that interesting but the ticket is a combination ticket which gives you admission to the museum and Konjiki-do.

The Konjiki-do is the main attraction of the temple complex. The Konjiki-do is known as the golden hall and is covered in gold all over - from ground level all the way to the roof - making it a remarkable sight to see. The temple was built as an outdoor temple back in 1124 but it only spend a few years out in the open - then a special shelter building were constructed to protect the golden temple from the changing weather of northern Honshu. Luckily the temple survived the fires devastating the temple complex during the 14th century.

Today the temple has been moved from its original position to a location close to it. It is inside a new building which has been constructed to protect the golden hall from rain and snow. The original building constructed around the golden temple is still standing and today it is a historical building itself being about 800 years old.
Main hall
Sake containers
Buddha in main hall
Building protecting the Konjiki-do
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