Monday, April 14, 2014

Nagasaki : Sofukuji Temple and Yasaka Shrine

Sofukuji is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Obaku Zen sect. It was constructed in 1629 for Nagasaki's Chinese residents. The Temple and its Gates have been constructed in Chinese style. 
Most of the Chinese living in Nagasaki in the 17th century came from Fujian province and the temple was constructed as the family temple for this community. 
Some of the buildings have been designated national treasures. 

Few more pictures from the temple :

A gigantic cooking pot stands on the temple grounds. 

This cooking pot was used to cook gruel to feed over 3000 people each day during the famine of 1682. 

Access: Short walk from the Shogakuji-shita stop on Nagasaki Street Car route 1.

Fees: 300 yen

Opening Hours: 8:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs 

Closing Days: No closing days 

The Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto Shrine close by. It is a small shrine but it offers a good view of the neighbourhood. We visited it on the way back from Sofukuji Temple.  

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