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“Mysterious and haunting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
Ranked #7 of 955 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the great hall within which houses 1001 life-sized, wooden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Mysterious and haunting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Sanjusangendo is Japan's longest wooden building (nearly 400 feet in length). That it was built in the 13th century is amazing enough but the one thousand, many-armed, 13th century wooden Kannons inside (Goddesses of Mercy), with a larger Kannon at the centre, are simply astounding. The figures stand side by side, several rows deep. Walking past them is a strangely haunting experience; one that is unforgettable. For me, this is one of the top sights in Kyoto.

Visited October 2011
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Manila
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Its Huge!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

The only temple I have seen with thousands of buddha. Only the structure is impressive since it was preserved for many centuries!

Visited April 2012
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Port Orchard, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Japanese icon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Must see in Kyoto. Impressive. Many tourists, but flow of people well managed. Building and garden a a pleasure, even on a very rainy day.

Visited April 2012
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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“A must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

This is a must see in Kyoto. The statues are terrific and the setting lovely.

Visited April 2012
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“Wonderful, worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Never seen anything like this before! A thousand buddahs in one place

Visited April 2012
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