To-ji's pagoda can be seen from many parts of the city. It's a symbol of Kyoto.
To-ji (東寺) means East Temple. Its partner, the West Temple, is long gone. The two temples once flanked the Rashomon — a giant gate that once stood at the entrance to old Kyoto. The Rashomon fell into disrepair and became a favorite hangout of criminals. Today, no trace remains of the Rashomon.
There are several halls on the grounds of To-ji. One of them (Kodo Hall) houses ancient Buddhist statues from China.
A popular flea market is held at To-ji on the 21st of every month. The market sells antiques and new goods including pottery, art, clothing (kimono) and food.
Monks singing at To-ji
To-ji at night