Heian Shrine – A Palace and a Garden of the Orient

Heian Shrine seems more like a Chinese palace than a Japanese temple. This is because the shrine is named after the Heian period in Japanese history known for its long years of peace and the peak of Chinese culture influence on the nation of Japan. The building was inspired by the long gone Imperial Palace of the Heian era. Although not the real palace, it still gives a grand impression of a Chinese style grandeur. At the back of the shrine is a very exotic garden with ponds, pavilions, bridges and of course cherry blossom.

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