One of my favourite temples. It houses some 31 national treasures which are all statues of buddhist gods and goddesses. This is a Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) Temple.
The statues are :
1 Kannon Bodhisattva (Thousand Armed Kannon)
28 spirits subordinated to Kannon
1 Wind God (Fujin)
1 Thunder God (Raijin)
On each side of Kannon, there are 500 statues, lined neatly in 10 tens rows of 50 statues per row. All the wooden statues are covered with gold leaves.
The main image of Kannon Badhisattva has 11 small faces and 21 pairs of arms which symbolise 1000 arms. Reason being, each arm saves 25 worlds.
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Extending 125 metres from north to south with 33 intervals between the pillars this is the longest wooden structure in the world. Founded in 1164 by order of retired emperor Goshirakawa. The central image is a seated figure of the Kannon with 11 faces and 1000 arms (goddess of mercy: a National Treasure). This is flanked by 28 deities (all National Treasures) that usually accompany the main Kannon image and embody virtues such as exorcism of evil spirits etc. There are also 1000 smaller standing statues of the Thousand-armed Kannon. The temple is further renowned for the Toshiya or Archery Contest that takes place behind the temple in January. Affiliated with the Tendai sect.
Entrance Fee : 600 Yen (As at 15 May 04)
Some visitors to Kyoto complain that there are too many temples and shrines. I personally love the shrines and temples, but even if you are growing tired of them, Sanjuusangendo is one temple that is sure to impress! The 1001 gold statues within the temple are so beautiful and intricately designed (along with some wooden statues), no matter how many temples you've visited, if you haven't been here, you will be glad you came! It is one of Kyoto's most beloved attractions and it truly lives up to its reputation!
Entrance is 600 yen.
This temple is probably the closer to the railway station and it is popular for the room where it contains the 1001 statues of Buddha.
I did not dare to count them so I cannot witness if they are really that many, but the quantity is definitly impressive.
The statues are all made of japanese cypress.
124 statues were made during the 12th century and the remaining 876 in the 13th century when the temple was renovated.
Inside the room of the statues you cannot take any picture and you must leave your shoes outside.
The temple ticket was 600 yen.
Opening time: 8:00 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:00 from Nov 16 to Mar 31)
Sanjusangendo is famous for 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple is also called Rengeo-in. It was built in 1164. The main hall which hosts the statues, is Japan's longest wooden structure with over 100 meters. In the center, a large Kannon sits and 500 smaller statues stand on each side. The powerful and dynamic statues of Thunder God and Wind God are placed at both sides of the temple hall on raised pedestals of cloud shape. 28 images placed in a straight line in front of 1001 Kannon statues are guardian deities which protect the Buddhist deity Kannon. The temple is open everyday from 8 am to 5 pm. Admission fee is 600 JPY.
This temple is just across the Sansumo Art Museum. While we were on the street waiting in line (the line is outrageously long that the line went all the way to the street), I saw the cement walls of the Sandusandengo Temple. It's kind of difficult to pronounce the name but you will get use to it.
The temple is beautiful. It's our first day in Kyoto and our first visit for the day is actually the Sansumo National Art Museum. But this temple is just across the street. We went to check it out but wasn't so much interested to get inside their temple because the fee is expensive.
However, my sisters and I decided to take pictures of the temple outside and visit other temples. Not sure if I could give you more detailed description of the temple except the outside of the temple.
Translate"hall with thirty-three spaces between the columns."
Considered one of Kyoto most well preserved temple.
Reason why you should go:
1. Contained 1001 Kannon Statue of Goddes of Mercy which all made from wood carving.
(Unfortunately photography is prohibited in this temple; but it looks amazing)
2. Red Striking colour of the exterior Temple creating a wonderful perspective if looking the corridors.
Buddhist Temple founded in 1164 with the present stucture from 1266. Over 100 meters long . Entry fee 600 yen , and open 8 am to 5 pm. Not exceptionally crowded .
Shoes off to entre. No photos inside.Length of temple makes for diifficult photography anyway.
What's inside see Photo # 3.
One large Kannon ( Goddess of Mercy ) flanked on either side by 500 times two smaller Kannons. In addition there are 24 Buddhist Dieties. All dating from the 12th or 13th century.
Thie is not a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
This temple is home to 1001 statues of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Kannon. Each one is subtly unique and, lined up in ranks, brings to mind the Terracotta Army. The statues were first commissioned in 1164, mostly destroyed in a fire in 1249 but rebuilt by 1266 and put in a new building.
The western veranda was popular for samurais to practice archery. In a competition known as 'Toshiya' the object was to fire an arrow down the 100+ metre length of the building without hitting a pillar. This is re-enacted annually every January 15th.
This is the very first temple we visited because it's located very near the ryokan we're staying. The temple's name refers to the 33 bays between the pillars of this long, narrow building that houses 1000-armed Kannon. It's very quiet inside the temple and no one is allowed to take pictures inside.
At the back of the hall are 28 guardian statues in a great variety of expressive poses. Each one of them would have an explanation both in Japanese and English. The gallery on the western side is famous for its annual achers competition and this ceremony dates back to the Edo period.
This temple possesses 1000 gold-plated, full-size statues within its walls. For some reason this place reminded me of the Terracotta Warriors in China. Ya, ya... I know that I'm not supposed to take pictures in there as it is a sacred place. However, how do suppose they came to get the holy post cards outside?
This place is AWE-some.
Sanjusangendo is one of two places that really left an impression on me in Kyoto.
The official name for the temple is Rengeo-in (Temple of the Lotus King), but it is popularly known as Sanjusangendo for its famous 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. The statues are housed in the main building which from the outside did not look like much except at 390 feet in length, extremely looonnnngggg.......
But wait til you get inside to view the statues.
One giant Kannon sits in the middle, flanked on each side by 500 slightly smaller statues, all of them in neat rows side by side. The smaller statues are as tall as a human.
When one enters the hall, you are struck by the silence even though there are sizable crowds inside admiring the statues. The sight must had been overwhelmingly awe-inspiring. It definitely was for me.
The front row of deities nearest to the visitors are identified individually by plagues naming them with info about them, e.g Wind God, Thunder God, etc. Very interesting history/religious lesson.
There is no photography allowed in the main hall, so the photo on the left is of one of many postcards I bought at their gift corner.
Sanjusangendo is not on the list of UNESCO World Heritage site, but it may be in the future. It is one of Kyoto's gems.
Sanjusangendo means the "Hall of 33 gen", 33 being an auspicious number in Buddhism. It is taught that the Goddess of Mercy will come to the aid of man in times of distress, incarnated as one of 33 different shapes on its mission of mercy.
(Gen is the length between two architectural pillars.)
Entrance Fee: 600 yen
Opening Hours: 8am-4:30pm (9am - 4:30pm in the winter months)
The official name of this temple is Rengeo-in. But the popular name Sanju-sangen-do is coming from the form of the main hall. It means a hall with 33 spaces between columns. If that was all it was it was not worth visiting. But inside the hall you will find 1001 images of Kannon, a buddhist deity. A Thjousand standing Kannon and one gigantic sitting image. The statues are made of Japanese cypress and painted. 124 statues are from the 12th century and the others from the 13th century when the hall was renovated. In front of the Kannon are even more statues. There are 30 guardian deities, at one side the god of thunder and at the other side the god of wind. Both gods were worshipped as deities who controlled weather and brought good harvest. The statues are from the Kamakura period (12th-14th century)
The temple was established by a powerfull warrior-politician Taira-no-Kiyomori in 1164. The original building was destroyed by fire, but was reconstructed in 1266. Since then it underwent 4 major reconstructions. The hall is 120 meter long.
It is open from 9:00 to 16:00.
Admission fee is 600 Yen
This is a hall containing over 1000 statues of a Buddhist Goddess - an awesome and just a little scary sight! All of them are different too. An amazing place to visit. Remember to take your shoes off before you enter and no photos inside, this one borrowed from their brochure.....
Extending 125 metres from north to south, with 33 intervals between the pillars, this is the longest wooden structure in the world. Founded in 1164 by order of retired emperor Goshirakawa. The central image is a seated figure of the Kannon with 11 faces and 1000 arms (goddess of mercy: a National Treasure). This is flanked by 28 deities (all National Treasures) that usually accompany the main Kannon image and embody virtues such as exorcism of evil spirits, etc. There are also 1000 smaller standing statues of the Thousand-armed Kannon.
SANJUSANGEN-DO TEMPLE (RENGEO-IN): Houses 1001 (Oh, Yes! 1001 of them!) images of Kannon (goddess of mercy) in its elongated main hall. This temple is also the LONGEST WOODEN STRUCTURE IN THE WORLD. The main image of Kannon (with 1000 arms) was carved by the 82-year old Tankai in 1254. The other 1000 images are of smaller size. The goddess of mercy was believed to have 33 manifestations. Hence, the believers & the faithful would have invoked the mercy of 33033 Kannons!
Sanjusangen-do derived its name from the sanjusan (meaning 33 in Japanese) spaces between the building's pillars. Why 33 precisely? Anyone?