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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

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Aug 07, 2003


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.....

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Mar 26, 2003

Sanjusangendo Hall

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.

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Nov 18, 2002

Sanjusangen-do Temple.

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?

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Sep 16, 2002
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It features 1,001 statues of the Goddess of Mercy: the main one carved by the master sculptor Tankei at age 82. First built in 1664; rebuilt in 1266. The rear archery field is still used for special occasions. Unfortantely, we can't take any photos when we were inside the temple, so this is a picture taken outside the temple. The pictures in my travelogue are from the brochue.
1,001 statues of Goddess of Mercy! Each one of them have different faces & unique in their own way!

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Sep 15, 2002


Temple built in 12th century. Initially temple contained 124 small statues. In 13th century statues were added till 1001 units were reached. First row of statues are impressions of different gods (Thunder, Wind, ...). Each one of them being remarkable pieces of art!

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Aug 26, 2002

Sanjusangen Do

Famous for its 1,000 statutes of Budhhist Kannons each with 40 arms said to be saving 25 worlds with each arm.

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Sanjusangendo-1001 statues

Main hall is over 100 meters length of wooden structure; the houses of 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. But the statues face are grim, not kind.

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Kyoto Sanjusanjendo Temple

Go here for the 1,001 statues of the goddess of mercy.built in 1162and rebuilt in 1266...just some years ago!

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Oct 23, 2004

Thousands of religious statues!

Sanjusangen-do temple is a very long building! And in it, there exsist more than thousand religious statues!!

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