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Kiyomizudera’s main hall reemerges after 3 years

Kiyomizudera's main hall on February 12, 2020

Kyoto's Kiyomizudera, one of the country's most popular temples, has been undergoing major renovations for the past 12 years. During the "Heisei Big Renovation" (named after the imperial era that lasted from 1989 to 2019) nine of the temple's buildings, including the main hall, were covered up and repaired in turn.

The main hall, which partially stands on tall, wooden pillars along a hillside and offers nice views of the temple grounds and the city, has been the last building to undergo renovations. Kept open to the public throughout the renovation period, the hall has been covered up by scaffolding since 2017 for the renewal of its roof. However, over the past few weeks, the hall with its freshly renewed roof has gradually become visible again as the scaffolding is being removed. The works are scheduled to be fully completed by the end of March.

BEFORE - Kiyomizudera's main hall in 2016
DURING - Kiyomizudera's main hall in 2017
AFTER - Kiyomizudera's main hall on February 12, 2020
The main hall's roof was renewed over the past three years
Kiyomizudera's roof is made up of cypress bark
The main hall's roof shines in new splendor
The inside of the main hall remained open to tourists throughout the renovations
View from the main hall's terrace
The scaffolding has almost gone
Main hall viewed from the Otowa fountain
Close-up of the scaffolding

Besides the main hall, many other important buildings at the temple have been renovated since 2008, including the Koyasu Pagoda which underwent renovations in the early 2010s and the Okunoin Hall with the temple's secondary terrace which was renovated from 2011 to 2017.

BEFORE - The Okunoin Hall in 2009
DURING - The Okunoin Hall in 2012
AFTER - The Okunoin Hall in 2017
BEFORE - The Koyasu Pagoda in 2008
DURING - The Koyasu Pagoda in 2011
AFTER - The Koyasu Pagoda in 2012