Huge Main Gate at Kyoto’s Chion’in Temple Now Shrouded in Scaffolding

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Incongruous

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Doubletake
main gate of the Chion'in Temple
今日から二ヶ月知恩院(京都市東山区)の三門は足場包む

I was surprised today to notice that the huge main gate of the Chion'in Temple (Kyoto, Japan) is in the process of getting a huge wooden scaffolding. It seems that it'll be having its roof tiles repaired for the next couple of months.

This construction is in addition to the multi-year renovation of the main hall that includes taking apart its roof, but as I belatedly discovered the other day, there's so much more to this site, so it's well worth a visit.


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Supplies
piled up on the main stairs up into the center of the gate

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Wooden Scaffolding

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Simple Ties

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With Damien

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(the scaffolding is bigger than Damien)

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Inside

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this temple should be called the
Temple of Staircases

As I mentioned in a recent post, this place has a lot of flights of stairs. The flight seen above, parallel off to the side of the main flight that goes through the big gate, is now used as the main way to the temple proper.

From up the stairs a bit, looking back toward the back of the main gate...


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Back Edge of the Scaffolding

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Fall Colors are Starting

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Picturesque Scaffolding?

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One comment so far...

Very interesting images, showing together the historic and modern construction techniques (wood scaffolding + long reach crane). Helps to have people in the photos to give a sense of scale.

— comment by Tom in SF on November 6th, 2014 at 11:50pm JST (2 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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