Still in Kyoto, we visited a place called Kiyomizudera. The Japanese (Chinese characters) literally translates to Pure Water Temple. The place is kinda built around a waterfall on a hill and therefore the name, Kiyomizudera.
|The Higashiyama District leading to Kiyomizudera. Quite crowded.|
|And Pae added EVEN MORE to the beauty ;)|
|More green leaves just starting to grow back on the trees that surrounded Kiyomizudera. I've seen photos online of winter (snow) and of autumn as well...all are absolutely beautiful.|
|Stunning view of the main hall and its wooden support beams that were all handmade and built by hand, kinda reminded me of Lincoln Logs ;)|
|Who gonna jump from that??? CRAZY!!|
|Down below the shrine and Main Hall is where the waterfall splits into three streams and pours into a small man made pond. Drinking water from the waterfall is said to bring good luck. The three streams give good luck for Love, Studies and Long life.|
|Here's a good photo showing both the three streams of the waterfall (with people waiting in line to drink from it) and the platform from the Main Hall 13+ meters above.|
|On the way out of the shrine, we saw a Thai Monk (tourist) taking photos of the pagoda and this monk (I think he's a monk) collecting donations. For some reason he reminds me of a character in the game Mortal Kombat.|
|Ah, Raiden, that's right, hahaha|
I failed. To be fair, the angle at which you need to bend your back to get a good grip on the iron bar is such that it takes a lot of your strength away. Would I had been able to lift the bar had I been able to step right up to it?