The treasure of the Golden Hall

The treasure of the Golden Hall
#Exhibitions

Chūson-ji is a Buddhist temple in the Japanese town of Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. Since 2011 the temple has been part of the UNESCO Site of Hiraizumi included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 2011. It is the main place of worship of Tendai Buddhism and according to the legends handed down by the ancient school it was founded in 850 by Ennin, third abbot of the sect. This exhibition commemorates the 900th anniversary of the construction of the Golden Hall of Chūson-ji Temple, whose roof was raised in 1124. The exhibition displays the eleven Buddhist statues, all designated as Japanese National Treasures, enshrined in the center of the Hall of Gold. The exhibition also contains many brilliant examples of decorative arts, the most notable being the Flower Garland with Kalaviṅka, a gilded bronze ornament that once adorned the Golden Hall. Furthermore, the exhibition presents a life-size reproduction of the splendid Golden Hall, a place of devout prayer and worship for 900 years, using 8K video projection and video mapping technology.

Paolo Mastazza - © 2023 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Tokyo