Sanjusangendo Temple

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657 Mawari-cho, Kyoto, Japan
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1.001 statues of Kannon Mar 18, 2008
Kyoto is always crowded, so I advice you to walk if you are okay. Sanjusangendo is twenty minutes' walk from Kyoto station. I was impressed with the simple appearance of the hall. This temple name means the main hall having thirty three spaces between columns. When I entered the main hall, I was overwhelmed by 1,001 Thousand-armed Kannon statues. But unfortunately, taking photographs is forbidden inside of temple. New coming-of-age women wearing hakama shoot an arrow in the precincts of this temple in mid January. This archery competition is a famous event in Kyoto in winter.
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Temple that houses 1001 statues of Kannon Jul 18, 2000
This was the first of several temples we were going to visit on this day. It's called the Sanjusangendo Temple, but the official name is the Rengeo-in Temple. It is famous for housing 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

It was founded in 1164 by Tairano Kiyomori and dstroyed by a fire. It was rebuild in 1266 and is still standing until this day, undergoing 4 major renovations in this years. An entrance ticket costed 600 yen (around 5,50 euro or around 8 US dollars).

I found the temple really beautiful, especially the long hall (around 120 meters long) with the 1001 statues of Kannon. Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed inside the temple. So I took photos from a set of postcards I had bought of the temple to give you an idea what you can find inside the temple.

Although not as famous Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), this is a temple I recommend visiting.
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Sanjusangen-do Temple
Long hall (taken from a postcard)
Part of the 1001 statues of Kanon …
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