Kinkaku-ji temple (the Golden Pavilion)

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8361, Japan

Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple located in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is famous for its stunning gold leaf-covered exterior and its beautiful Japanese garden.

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Welcome dear travel fans! I've been traveling around the world for 20 years and most of my trips were to Asia. I think I have been crazy about Japan since I was a child and will be happy to share this passion with you.

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The temple was originally built in the late 14th century as a retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, but was later converted into a temple after his death. The temple was destroyed by fire several times throughout history, most recently in 1950 by a monk who had become mentally ill. The current structure is a faithful replica of the original temple, built in 1955.

The top two floors of the three-story pavilion are covered in gold leaf, which is why it is known as the Golden Pavilion. The interior of the pavilion is not open to the public, but visitors can walk around the exterior and admire the stunning reflection of the pavilion in the pond below.

The temple’s Japanese garden is also a highlight of the visit, with its carefully manicured trees, pond, and bridges. The garden was designed to be viewed from the pavilion, and visitors can take in stunning views of the garden from several vantage points around the temple.

Kinkaku-ji temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto. It is particularly beautiful in the fall when the leaves change color, and during the winter when the pavilion is covered in snow.

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