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Temple in Kyoto reopens hall after renovation

Kyodo

The renowned Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, threw open its doors to tourists Thursday following the completion of a 1½-year renovation project.

The World Heritage site has had its exteriors, including roof bricks and phoenix statues, restored as part of a project that began in September 2012 — the temple’s first repairs since the 1950s, representatives at the temple said.

Phoenix Hall appears on the ¥10 coin and enshrines several Buddhist statues designated as national treasures.

The hall accepts up to 50 visitors at a time, and each tour is limited to 20 minutes.

The admission fee for Phoenix Hall is ¥300, on top of the separate admission fee to Byodoin Temple.