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Sanjusangen-do Temple

Officially known as "Rengeō-in" or Hall of the Lotus King

The temple is primarily famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, in her thousand-armed incarnation across the entire 120m length of the temple. Japan's longest wooden structure, the name Sanjusangendo (literally 33 intervals) is derived from the number of intervals between the building's support columns. The hall also displays 28 guardian deities, with roots in Hinduism, whose purpose is to protect the Goddess Kannon.

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