Sanjusangendo, Kyoto, Japan

Before I forget, Sanjusangendo was the most mind blowing of the temples we visited in Kyoto in Japan. It is not allowed to tak photos in the temple so I can’t take credit for any of the images below as I found them all on the Internet. I wanted to share them with you anyway as this place really was incredible. The Sanjusangendo Temple was established in the twelfth century and houses 1,001 carved wooden statutes of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy – set in ranks in the main hall and flanking a central huge carving of Buddha. On January 15 each year a competition of Japanese archery – kyudo – is held outside the hall. The temple’s name literally translates as “hall with thirty-three spaces between the columns.”

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