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Assembly Hall Shūedō

ShūedōAssembly Hall

This building was reconstructed in 1635. The primary image housed in this building is a statue of Amida (Amitabha) said to be created by the bishop Eshin (also known as Genshin). In the front of the hall, there are images of the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu, and the fourth Tokugawa shogun, Ietsuna. With an area said to equal that of one thousand tatami mats, this hall also served as the site for the Great Kyoto Exhibition in 1872. For a long time, this building was used as a training area for monks, but it is currently closed for repairs in preparation for the memorial services to be held in 2011 marking the 800th anniversary of Hōnen’s death.