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Phoenix Hall by heeeeman Phoenix Hall by heeeeman
A postcard-cliche shot of the Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in, a Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto prefecture.

This temple was originally built in 998 in the Heian period as a rural villa of Fujiwara no Michinaga, one of the most powerful members of the Fujiwara clan. This villa was changed to a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂 hōō-dō) or the Amida Hall, constructed in 1053. It is the only remaining original building, surrounded by a scenic pond; additional buildings making up the compound were burnt down during a civil war in 1336.

Japan commemorates its longevity and cultural significance by displaying its image on the 10 yen coin, and the 10,000 yen note
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BlackSai1s Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Photographer

Wow so awesome!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
:clap:
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SpinningStarshine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I recognized which building this was from my Arts of Asia textbook before I even saw the title; guess I did manage to retain something. = P By the way, you took the superior shot. The one in that book (by Sherman Lee), is well-composed and was definitely done by an experienced photographer, but this one is better. Better framing. :nod:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thankyou :) It's also the temple featured on the 10y coin and 1000y note.
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dohko57 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
no doubt, it's my favorite !! thank for this great picture :)
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madubachi Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's so pretty
sometimes I wish to live peacefully in a temple like that, nature the only thing around.
it might sound weird but my biggest dream is to die in a tepmple like that, go straight to heaven of buddhists :)
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Might get a bit drafty :)
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:iconmadubachi:
madubachi Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah but it's worth it
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well..cliche or not..it's beautiful
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