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Rengeo-in Temple (Sanjusangen-do)

Kyoto

Built 750 years ago, 1001 Senju-Kannon statues stand in the 120-meter-long main hall.

Rengeo-in is a temple that is famous for its 1,001 Senju Kannon-zo (statues of "thousand-handed" goddesses of mercy), each of which has many hands. The main hall and the Senju Kannon-zazo (a seated image of Kannon) that it contains and that is the focus of worship at this temple are designated as National Treasures. The Senju Kannon-zo are designated by the national government as Important Cultural Properties. Also enshrined here are many other Buddhist images which are designated as National Treasures. The main hall was constructed in the 12th century. After being subsequently destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in the 13th century. Of the 1,001 Senju Kannon-ritsuzo (standing Buddhist images) which surround the National Treasure Senju Kannon-zazo, 124 are part of the original construction; 876 of these images were created when the main hall was rebuilt. Each one of these minutely detailed images have different faces and dress.

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Address: 657, Kaimachi, Sanjusangendo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Phone: 075-561-0467
Hours open to visitors: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. from November 16 through March)
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Admission Fee: 600 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year

[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn./Bus/10-min. ride/Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae Stop/3-min. walk

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