The Heian-era Byodoin Temple

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 12 January 2018

The Byodoin Temple in Uji, Japan dates from the late-Heian period, and it served as the residence of the influential minister Fujiwara no Michinaga (966-1028 CE). It was originally built in 998 CE. The most famous portion of the temple is the "Phoenix Hall," which is a National Treasure and appears on the Japanese 10 yen coin. Inside the Phoenix Hall is an ancient sculpture of the Amida Buddha, which was made by the famous Japanese Jocho (d. 1057 CE).


About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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