Byodoin Temple Buddhist Pure Land

Byodoin Temple Buddhist Pure Land

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Byodoin Temple is a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and was influential on later temple construction. Byodoin was initially built in 998 as a countryside retreat villa for the powerful politician Fujiwara no Michinaga, not as a temple. But on 1503, his regents constructed another feature called the Phoenix Hall or Amida Hall which made it turned into a Buddhist temple. The Phoenix Hall is the sole remaining piece of architecture that can be traced down to the vanished Pure Land sect of Buddhism belief. A scale replica of Byodo-in was built at the foot of the Ko\’olau Mountains in Hawaii in 1968. The wooden temple is built entirely without nails and has been used as a popular backdrop for such TV dramas as Hawaii Five-O, Magnum, P.I and Lost.

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Kek Lok Si Temple Chinese New Year Lighting 2017

Kek Lok Si Temple Chinese New Year Lighting 2017

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Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple began construction in the early 1890′s and is still going on today. The complex is divided into three zones while the temple grounds comprise the hill entrance, souvenir, food and drinks stalls and the turtle liberation pond. The mid section of the temple houses temples, gardens, the pagoda and the four heavenly kings pavilion; meanwhile the hilltop plays host to an enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin as well as more gardens and temples. The temple’s enclave including a pagoda and a huge statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin is prominent. Besides the monastery, a seven-storey pagoda of 10,000 Buddha images displays the essence of an eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture.

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Gong Bei Temple in Taiwan

Gong Bei Temple in Taiwan

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This century-old temple is also known as Hsiangong Temple. Its design includes Japanese and Chinese elements, and from the stage in front there is an excellent view. It is a popular scenic spot for Xizhi residents.

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Prambanan Temples, Indonesia

Prambanan Temples, Indonesia

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Prambanan Temple Compounds, also known as Candi Rara Jonggrang is a well known ancient Hindu Temple in Java, Indonesia. This is the largest temple compound dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Prambanan Temple itself is a complex consisting of 240 temples. All the mentioned temples form the Prambanan Archaeological Park and were built during the heyday of Sailendra’s powerful dynasty in Java in the 8th century AD. The closest cities to Prambanan, are either Yogyakarta or Semarang.

Fees:
The entry fees for Prambanan listed in borobudurpark.co.id is 30,000 Rp for Indonesian adult and 12,5000 Rp for children. For foreigners it is 171,000 Rp to adult and 85,000 for students.

Opening Times:
6am to 6pm daily.

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Enkoji in Autumn, Kyoto

Enkoji in Autumn, Kyoto

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In l601, shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa built the Enkoji Temple in Fushimi, Kyoto, as a school to promote scholarship in japan, and invited as its principal Zen Priest Genkitsu Sanyo, who had been the ninth principal of the Ashikaga School in Shimotsuke. Enkoji has a beautiful garden with a pond and many maple trees. It provides lovely views of greenery in summer and stunning fall colors in autumn. It is famous for its autumn colors which are usually best in late November. Another feature of the garden is an underground water basin that allows visitors to appreciated the delicate sound of dripping water.

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Palace of Persepolis – Great Persian Temple Complex

Palace of Persepolis – Great Persian Temple Complex

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The palace of Persepolis was planned and begun by the Persian emperor Darius I in the early fifth century BC, although it was not until the reign of his grandson, Artaxerxes, that it was finally finished around the year 425 BC. Conceived to be the seat of government for the Achaemenian kings and a center for receptions and ceremonial festivities. It was one of the great Persian temple complexes until it was destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. The ruins were not excavated until the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago sponsored an archaeological expedition to Persepolis and its environs under the supervision of Professor Ernst Herzfeld from 1931 to 1934, and Erich F. Schmidt from 1934 to 1939. Persepolis was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

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