平等院 Byodoin is a Buddhist Temple – Kyoto Japan
Byodoin is a Buddhist temple founded in 1052 in Uji, just south-east of Kyoto. The Byodoin Temple gradually expanded into a massive Temple complex during the Kamakura Period.
Byodoin’s significance in Japan is attested to by its Phoenix Hall featuring on the reverse of the Japanese 10-yen coin , and the phoenix statue in the Hall appearing on the reverse of the 10,000-yen note.
Phoenix Hall literally represents the mythical Chinese Phoenix (Ho-o) descending to earth, with the central hall the body of the bird, the lateral corridors its wings and the tail represented by the rear corridor. Above the central hall on the roof are a pair of male and female bronze phoenix.
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