This photo story is to guide you step-by-step as you explore Eiheiji Temple in Fukui, the Zen temple of 'Eternal Peace'. The third leg of the guide focuses on the famous Kara-mon (Chinese gate). This gate, for its significance and beauty, is often used as a symbol picture of the temple. It's also called 'Chokushi-mon', which means the gate for the 'Imperial envoy', and as the word indicates, it's only opened when receiving messengers from the Imperial family. Aside from them, only the master priest of Eiheiji temple can enter it. Rebuilt in 1839, it stands deep in the forest surrounded by ancient cedar trees, and looks simply divine.
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Complete Guide to Eiheiji Temple Series
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 01: A step-by-step guide to Eiheiji Temple, Fukui. First gate to the entrance gate, and the l..
Complete Guide to Eiheiji Temple 02: A step-by-step guide of Eiheiji Temple, Fukui, The second guide focuses on the small shri..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 03, Fukui: The third guide focuses on 'Kara-mon (Chinese gate)', only accessible to i..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 04, Fukui: The fourth guide focuses on 'Kichijōkaku Hall', the first building you'..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 05: The fifth guide focuses on 'Sanshōkaku (Reception Hall)', 'Sō-dō (Zazen Hall ..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 06: The sixth guide focuses on 'Jōyōden', mausoleum of Eiheiji's founder Dogen, a..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 07: The seven guide focuses on 'Butsuden (Buddha Hall)', the main building of Eiheiji which..
Complete guide to Eiheiji temple 08: The eighth guide focuses on 'Hattō (Dharma Hall or Lecture Hall)', the largest of..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 09: The ninth guide focuses on 'Daikuin (Kitchen)' and 'Yokushitsu (Bath). See the..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 10: This guide focuses on the beautiful 'Chujakumon Gate'. Located between Buddha Hall..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 11: 'Main Gate (Sanmon Gate) was rebuilt in 1749. This is the oldest building at Eiheiji...
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 12: The bell of 'Shōrō-dō (Belfry)' tolls four times a day and New Year's Eve, pl..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 13: Built in 1996, this beautiful two-storied, pagoda can house 1,000,000 sutra written and donated..
Complete guide to Eiheiji Temple 14: 'Shidōden', great mausoleum and memorial hall which contains thousands of memoria..
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