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Koryu-ji Temple


Name 広隆寺 / Koryu-ji Temple
Adress Uzumasa Hachiokacho32, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 616-8162
Hours Open 9:00~17:00
Admission Adult   700 yen
University  700 yen
High school  500 yen
Junior high school  400 yen
Elementary school  400 yen

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Kōryū-ji (広隆寺) is a Shingon temple in Uzumasa, Ukyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan. The temple is also known by the names Uzumasa-dera (太秦寺) and Kadono-dera (葛野寺), and was formerly known as Hatanokimi-dera (秦公寺), Hachioka-dera (蜂岡寺) and Hōkō-ji (蜂岡寺).

Kōryū-ji is said to be the oldest temple in Kyoto, having been constructed in 603 by Hata no Kawakatsu upon receiving a Buddhist statue from Prince Shōtoku. Fires in 818 and 1150 destroyed the entire temple complex, but it was rebuilt several times since.

Wooden statue of Bodhisattva
The temple contains a number of important pieces of cultural heritage. One of national treasures in Japan (registered on June 9, 1951), a wooden image of the Bodhisattva Maitreya sitting contemplatively in the half-lotus position, called “Hōkan Miroku” (宝冠弥勒) is amongst the rare objects that are preserved and displayed at Kōryū-ji.

The temple is also renowned for its Bull Festival (牛祭 ushi matsuri), traditionally held in mid-October, but currently suspended.

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