A temple made of gold. What could be better?
Kinkakuji (keen-kah-ku-gee), known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is one of the most popular spots in Kyoto (if not the most). It was taken over by the Shogun in 1397 and was converted to a Zen temple after his death. What you see above isn’t the real thing. The original Kinkakuji survived until modern times, but unfortunately was burned down by a crazy monk in 1950. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955 to be an exact replica, although many doubt the original was quite so golden. Maybe not, but looks good, doesn’t it?
The surrounding garden is very nice and peaceful. But pick your visiting time carefully. Not only is this location often crammed full of tourists, but it is also a common spot for school trips to visit. In fact, every single time I’ve been to Kinkakuji, it has been swarming with school kids. Maybe early mornings would be best 🙂 Either way, it’s worth a trip if you ever visit Kyoto.
Daily HDR Photo: Kinkakuji, The Gold Temple
It’s quite golden, isn’t it?
For more photos and a fantastic overview of the whole place, check out this blog post by AdelaideBen.