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“This is different !”

Sanjusangendo 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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“This is different !”
Reviewed 29 May 2012

If you want to see something different and impressive , this is one place to look at ! The 1000 wooden statues are amazing and you could spend hours in there just reading and learning about the different images of buddhist divinities !
After the inside visit , the gardens surrounding the main structure are quite interesting ! There is also an interesting shrine and garden on the adjacent street just besides the Red Cross building

Visited April 2012
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“1000 life-size statues..amazing sight!”
Reviewed 25 May 2012

We were told Sanjusangendo Hall is a must-see in Kyoto and they were not lying! 1000 life size statues line up the hall and it is just an amazing sight to see. There is also a nice walkway outside the hall where you can enjoy the gardens surrounding the hall. The only downside is you are absolutely restricted from taking pictures inside the hall. I heard one of the monks explain that the reason why you can't take pictures if people usually use flash when they are indoors and this flash can harm and upset the many images of Kannon, the buddhist divinity that the hall is dedicated for. You will not be disappointed going here.

Visited May 2012
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“700+yr old life-size wooden statues - 1000 of them”
Reviewed 20 May 2012


Sanjusangendo Hall (SanjuSan = 33): there are 33 space between pillars that support this 120m long wooden hall. Originally built in 1164AD, it burnt down in 1249 and rebuilt in 1266. Despite the threat of earthquakes and fires, this wooden hall, filled with 1000 statues of "kannon".
Kannon is the God/Godess of Mercy, and she/he has 33 forms.
The sight takes ones breath away.... row upon row of life-size wooden statues, still standing and standing still, despite all that is happening around them. The detailed work, the reverence of the artists, the patience, and the patronage.

There are 28 more intricate wooden statues of other deities as well, and these are artisically more interesting as well.

The details of how this place and the statues are still upright despite earthquakes is explained at the hall.

A MUST SEE in Kyoto.

Visited May 2012
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

I managed to make it just 45 minutes before closing and I would have hated it if I missed it completely. The statues were definitely a sight to be seen!

Visited April 2012
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“Why isn't this place more well known”
Reviewed 10 May 2012

This place is amazing. We all know about the Terracotta Army in China but I'd never heard of this place before visiting Japan. Set in a typical Japanese temple complex is the Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara or Thousand Armed Kannon. This contains a statue of the main deity which is a National Treasure of Japan but also a thousand (literally a thousand) life-size statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon standing in 10 rows and 50 columns. 124 are from the original building of the temple in the 12th century but the other 876 were made following a fire about 100 years later so you're looking at statues that are over 750 years old.
The temple gardens are simple and beautiful with cherry and other trees. Very peaceful.

Visited March 2012
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