Byodoin Temple

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Kyoto Byodoin Temple | Retreat Villa Turned Temple

Kyoto Byodoin Temple | Retreat Villa Turned Temple

Byodoin Temple was initially created not as a temple but as a retreat villa for Fujiwara no Michinaga in 998. Today the temple is the ultimate example of Jodo sect architecture, also referred to as Puro Land Sect. Many later temples followed the architectural designs of Byodoin Temple. The temple houses a statue of the Lotus Buddha.

Byodoin has several buildings but the Phoenix Hall is among the most prized. The building has two Phoenix statues on its roof and is depicted on the Japanese ten yen coin. The building is notable for never having been destroyed through the numerous fires the rest of the temple suffered. Outside the temple is a brass peace bell weighing three tons.

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