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(kennin ji)

Kennin-ji is a historic Buddhist temple located in the heart of Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1202, Kennin-ji is one of the oldest Zen temples in Kyoto and is considered a significant cultural and spiritual landmark in Japan. With its stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and serene atmosphere, Kennin-ji is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Kyoto.

The temple is known for its exquisite design and features stunning architectural details such as the painted ceiling of the Dharma Hall and the beautifully landscaped gardens. Visitors can explore the temple’s various buildings, including the Hojo (the abbot’s quarters), the Chou-on-do (the main hall), and the Hattou (the Dharma Hall).

One of the most famous features of Kennin-ji is the “Twin Dragons” ceiling painting in the Dharma Hall, which is considered a masterpiece of Japanese art. The painting depicts two dragons soaring through the clouds, representing the unity of opposites and the harmony of nature.

Kennin-ji is also known for its meditation classes, which offer visitors the opportunity to experience Zen Buddhism firsthand. These classes provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the temple’s history and teachings, as well as to relax and connect with the present moment.

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