Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:58:25 PM »
Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most famous sites in the nation! It is one of the city's World Heritage Sites and was a candidate to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The temple you see today dates back to 1633, although the original was built during the Heian Period. It is famed for its slanted floor, which extends outward over the area below. People once jumped off this platform in hopes of making their wishes come true. Those who survived the jump were said to have their wishes granted and those who died... Well, that probably wasn't their wish!

Another fun feature of the temple is the Otowa Waterfall below the temple. It's actually just three fountains, but each fountain has the power to grant you wisdom, good health, and longevity when you drink from them. You can only choose one, though. Drinking from more than one brings bad fortune as a punishment for greed!

It is said that you must visit during each of the four seasons to fully appreciate it. I don't know if that's true (nice marketing strategy though!), but it is definitely built for the seasons, with blossoms in the spring and foliage in the fall. No matter when you come, Kiyomizu Temple is always impressive!


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