Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kiyomizudera Temple - Japan

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s must-see attractions. If you're planning to travel to Kyoto  and want to visit this temple hoping to take some nice pictures, you'd better think twice. Kiyomizudera's main hall has covered up since last year and it will continue like that till March 2020 for the renovation of its roof. It won't be possible to take pictures like the postcard Noriko sent me in 2008. However visitors will be able to enter the main hall during the renovations. 

 Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

JP-1129607, sent by Chizuko.
Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall, which together with the stage was built without the use of nails, houses the temple's primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon. - in:

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