Sanjūsangen-dō

Sanjūsangen-dō (三十三間堂) is named for the 33 bays between the pillars housing 1001 statues. The statues are made of cyprus and painted gold, all standing in a prayerful pose.

However, there are a few “guardian” statues representing various deities: mostly nasty, angry looking warrior-types aggressively defiant and menacing in their stances.

In the centre, flanked by the 1000 smaller statues is a single large one below which a Buddhist monk performs a prayer ritual.

Unfortunately no photography is permitted inside the temple.

Outside, a pleasant walkway meanders around the grounds.

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Sadly, it appears even a holy place such as this is easily infiltrated by commercialism.

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Kim*

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