The Byodo-in Temple 平等院

  • Published on : 25/06/2020
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Quel est le bâtiment sur les pièces de 10 yen ? Le Byôdô-in, le splendide "temple du phénix" près de Kyoto

Inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco, récemment rénové en 2014, le Byôdo-in se trouve au centre de la petite ville d'Uji, non loin de Kyoto. Très célèbre au Japon, il est considéré comme l’expression magnifiée de l’art aristocratique de l’époque Heian (794-1185). N'hésitez pas à la visiter lors d'une étape entre Kyoto et Nara...

Its most remarkable feature, however, is a colossal 3 meter high statue made of wood and covered in Gold leaf. Attributed to the monk and master artist Jocho (who died in 1057), it represents the Amida Buddha in the company of Bodhisattva (being promised enlightenment). Located inside the main building, visits are done in small groups.

Large tarps covered Byodo-in between September 2012 and April 2014, as Phoenix Hall was renovated in bright vermilion, and the two phoenix statues were reborn from their ashes with new metallic sheen before the site was reopened to the public

Byôdô-in

La statue du Bouddha Amida au Byôdô-in

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Byôdô-in

Un des phénix sur le toit

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    40 minutes by train from Keihan-Sanjo to Uji Station on the Keihan-Uji Line (change at Chushojima, 310-390 yen)

    Or 30 minutes by train from Kyoto Station to Uji Station on JR Nara Line (240 yen), then 10 minutes on foot. Take the south exit.
  • Price

    Full entry ticket 600 yen / Just the Phoenix Room 300 yen
  • Access

    Open daily 9:00 - 16:00 December to February, 8:30 to 17:30 March to November.
  • Website

    http://www.byodoin.or.jp

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