Tenryuji Temple

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Tenryuji Temple | Most Important Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Tenryuji Temple | Most Important Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto

Tenryuji Temple is the head Buddhist temple of the Rinzai Zen sect founded in 1339 in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The temple was built by shogun Ashikaga Takauji who dedicated the temple to Emperor Go-Daigo. Ashikaga and the Emperor had an interesting friendship. The two were friends until Ashikaga opposed the Kemmu Restoration, a political event ran by the Emperor. Furious, the Emperor ordered for Ashikaga's capture and execution. However, Emperor Go-Daigo passed away. To commemorate his former friend, Ashikaga ordered for this temple to be built in dedication of the Emperor. Today Tenryuji Temple is the most important temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto, having been ranked the top of the five zen temples in Kyoto. Tenryuji Temple was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 under the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".

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