|Tokyo Ueno Park | Bentendo (Benten Hall) Temple & Benzaiten|
|Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00|
Located south-west of Ueno Park, Bentendo Temple was built by a feudal lord (daimyo) named Mizunoya Katsutaka in early 17th century. At the beginning, getting across the island to pray was a hassle as devotees had to take boat. Several years later in late 17th century, a stone bridge was constructed to ease commuting and thus, had increased the popularity of this Buddhist hall.
The original structure of Bentendo lasted for almost three centuries, alas it was destroyed during the air raid in 1945. The present structure was rebuilt in 1958. If one enters into the main hall, a long vertical rope and a red lantern (chochin) are the prominent catch of your attention. Do not hesitate to look upon the ceiling. There is a golden dragon or 'Kin Ryu', the fine art work of painter Kodama Kibo.
Surrounded by nature, the temple precinct is an oasis to escape from the bustling city of Ueno. Take a stroll to explore further behind the temple, moving on to the pathway circling the Boat Pond. Benches are plenty and rest if you need to. I had a great time watching the adorable Black-headed gulls resting in a bee-line by the edge of Shinobazu Pond and various species of ducks paddling in the water.
Less than 5 minutes walk from Ueno Koen exit at Ueno Station (via JR Yamanote Line, Ginza Line or Hibiya Line) or right next to Ueno Kensei Station.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 27 May 2010 13:07|
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