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Tenryū-ji is a famous temple located in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Japan. Established in 1339, it is one of the most important Zen temples in the country and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The temple was founded by the ruling shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, as a tribute to Emperor Go-Daigo, who had died in the previous year.

The temple has a rich history and has been rebuilt several times throughout the centuries. Its most recent reconstruction was in the 19th century, after a devastating fire in 1864 destroyed most of the buildings. The current structures were rebuilt using traditional techniques and materials, and they remain some of the most beautiful examples of traditional Japanese architecture.

One of the most notable features of Tenryū-ji is its stunning gardens, which cover over 22,000 square meters and are considered among the finest examples of Japanese landscape design. The gardens were designed by Musō Soseki, a famous Zen master and garden designer, and they feature a central pond, various rock formations, and carefully placed trees and shrubs that create a peaceful and harmonious environment.

In addition to its beautiful gardens, Tenryū-ji also houses numerous important cultural artifacts, including paintings, calligraphy, and statues. Many of these artifacts are on display in the temple’s museum, which is open to the public.

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