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[Kyoto]”Sanju-san-gen-do”, the ancient temple with many statues2013.05.04

If you are interested in Japanese architecture or Japanese fine art, you have to visit here.
Because there are very rare architecture and statue of Buddha. How it different from others? Now, we introduce you about it!

"Sanju-san-gen-do", the ancient temple with many statues

"Sanju-san-gen-do", the ancient temple with many statues

photo by kyoto design

1. The architecture is distinguished!

“Sanju-san-gen-do” is established in 1165 by the retired emperor Goshirakawa.
The name “Sanjusangendo” means 33 column spacings. 33 is a number related to Senjukannon.
The architectural stracture is very long as 120m because it has 33 column spacings. It’s really rare style even in Japanese architecture.

"Sanju-san-gen-do", the ancient temple with many statues

photo by kyoto design

2. Statues of Buddha is amazing!

This temple is dedicated Senjukannon, thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy. And actually, there are 1001 statues of Senjukannon!
They are made by wood, hight is about 160cm. Thouthand of thousand-armed big statues are really overwhelming. Center of the statues, there is the biggest Senjukannon( It’s over 3m! ).
There are also other statues.
There are statues of Fujin (wind god) and Raijin (thunder god), standing statues of the Twenty-eight Attendants of Senju-Kannon.
If you want to watch them carefully, maybe one day is not enough.

"Sanju-san-gen-do", the ancient temple with many statues

photo by cyesuta

3. After visited Sanjusangendo, you shoud visit Museum!

Near by the Sanjusangendom there is Kyoto National Museum.
If you are interested Japanese architecture, you will be amazed by the architectural structure. This museum is the design of a famous court architect, Tokuma KATAYAMA. It is beautiful brickwork and oene-storeied atructure.
There are many beautiful and precious Japanese works of art.
You can watch Japanese finest pictures, dyeing and weaving, sculptures at there.
If you love Japanese art, Sanjusangendo will be a exciting spot for you!

"Sanju-san-gen-do", the ancient temple with many statues

photo by cyesuta

 

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