By John Lander

Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D
State/Province/Region
OT
Country
JP
Nearest Area
Kyoto
Town
Kyoto
Brief Directions

Kinkakuji is a treat in any season.

Notes

To avoid mobs of tourists, go just after opening and/or just before closing.

Description

Kinkakuji was built in 1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga. He intended to cover the exterior with gold, but only managed to coat the the ceiling of the third floor with gold leaf before his death. After his death, his son converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school named Rokuonji, in accordance with Ashikaga's wishes.

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Date Added
August 27, 2009
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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