Uji's Byodoin Temple is undergoing a face lift, its first in 60 years.
The temple is going to be restored to its Heian Period glory, in the hopes of making it look as it did when it was first built 900 years ago.
To do so, the walls are going to be made redder, and the tiles on the roof replaced.
The work continues until April 2014, and when complete should resemble the top photo. Below that is the Phoenix Hall prior to the beginning of renovation work.
Part of the work will use red lead from the previous renovations, which took place from 1950 - 1957. In addition, to achieve a red earth color iron oxide powder and ochre will be mixed.
On the roof, 90% of the 45,000 tiles will be replaced.
Daily 9 am - 5 pm (to 4 pm in winter)
116 Uji Renge, Uji, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021
Tel: 0774 21 2861
Admission to the grounds: 600 yen; 500 yen more for admission to Phoenix Hall
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