The Panthéon Bouddhique (19 avenue d’Iéna, metro Iéna), located in the chic 16th arrondissement, is an offshoot of the Musée Guimet. It is open everyday except Tuesday, from 9:45 am to 5:45 pm. Admission is free.
This treasure trove features religious art from Japan, China and India. The 250 Japanese works were collected by Emile Guimet (1836-1918) during his travels to Japan. The Chinese works displayed date back to the Six Dynasties (5th-6th centuries). As a longtime fan of Buddhist art, I enjoyed comparing and contrasting the various styles and time periods that the statues represent.
An exit on the ground floor leads to a charming, serene Japanese garden, which is visible through the museum’s large glass windows:
The Panthéon Bouddhique is one block away from the very large and impressive Musée Guimet (6, place d’Iéna, metro Iéna or Trocadéro) which features all sorts of Asian art; pictured below: