24. Byodo-in Phoenix 平等院 is well known in Japan, so much so that its outline is featured on the 10 YEN coin. Byodo-in was originally a private residence like many Japanese temples. It was converted into a temple by the Fujiwara clan in 1052. The Phoenix Hall, the 8 foot tall statue of Amida inside it and several other items at Byodoin have been declared Japanese National Treasures. The pond garden at Byodo-in is considered to be one of best examples of a Pure Land garden in Japan.
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