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Sanjusangendo Temple

A National Treasure hall embracing
the statues of Wind God, Thunder God and Thousand-armed Kannon.
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Sanjusangendo Temple
It is named after the architectural characteristic that there are thirty three spaces between the pillars facing the east, extending from north to south. Its official name is Renge-oin. The number 33 represents the thirty three incarnations of Kannon Bodhisattva. It was built in 1164, burnt down later, then reconstructed in 1266 and remaining to the present time. The long extending hall is 15m (49 ft.) high, 22m (72 ft.) deep and 120m (394 ft.) long from north to south. The one-point perspective view gives you a tapering effect, making an exciting scenery. In the middle of the hall sits the National Treasure "Thousand-armed Kannon." The statue sitting in the vast space is over 3m (10 ft.) high. On the ten-step platform are designated Important Cultural Properties, "Thousand Standing Statues of Thousand-arm Kannon." The thousand life-sized standing statues make the hall look like a forest of Kannon statues. In front of the statues are 30 more holy statues including two National Treasures, the statues of Wind God and Thunder God. It's simply overwhelming.
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657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

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