Gold leaf & sacred monuments: The temple of Sanjusangendo in Kyoto, August 2015

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The temple of Sanjusangendo in eastern Kyoto, a temple affiliated with the Tendai sect of Japanese  Buddhism, centers on a six-foot-tall statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. She has 11 faces and 1000 arms and has been designated a National Treasure. The central Kannon is flanked by 1,000 more life-sized Kannons, who are covered in gold leaf and stand side-by-side several rows deep.