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Byodo-in Temple


The Byodo-in Temple replica is a must see if you travel around the island of Oahu.  It is a 3/4 scale replica of the Byodoin Temple located in Koyoto, Japan.  The original Byodoin Temple was built in 1053 by the Fujiwara regents.     

Entrance to the Temple grounds is over this foot bridge constructed to match the type that would be used in the 1053 time frame.   



Over the bridge you come to this three ton peace bell.  When rung, the bell can be heard throughout Kahaluu.

The Buddha inside the Temple is 9 feet tall and is made of wood.  It is the largest wooden Buddha that has been carved in the last 900 years.  It is covered in gold and lacquer.

With the backdrop of mountains the temple setting is very photogenic, so when visiting bringing your camera is a must.

It is customary to remove your shoes when entering the temple.  Actually, the Japanese custom of removing your shoes inside is practiced throughout Hawaii.

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Posted by Richard Binckley at 8/31/2006 5:49 PM | View Comments | Add Comment |