Kinkakuji Temple

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World Heritage: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)4.5

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No other building is so gorgeously covered all over in gold. This is one of many buildings in the precincts but gives the whole location the name of 'Gold Pavilion'. The building is not very big and not the one you can enter, but its glittering figure surrounded by a large serene pond and leafy garden will send you up to heaven.

The original building was erected in 1397 as a retirement villa for a shogun but was later converted into a temple. It has been burnt down many times with the latest case being 1950, when a fanatic trainee monk set it on fire into ashes. The incident was depicted in the novel 'Temple of the Golden Pavilion' by Mishima Yukio. The current pavilion, restored in 1955, uses more gold leaf than ever.

This is in the top five popular sights in Kyoto, so be prepared for the crowds. A visit in early morning or late afternoon is recommended.

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5.0a week ago

It is a very serene and nice temple where the main temple is coated with gold leaf. It is such a sight to behold when the sun shines upon it. Try to capture the picture when it is calm in the morning where a exact reflection from the lake gives you the best view. Another alternative is when the sun heads down and gives you another view point of it.

5.0in the last week

It is well documented that this place is beautiful. Pictures are beautiful and some doctored but they do not do it justice. You really need to experience this in person to appreciate its beauty. The grounds that surround are just as beautiful.

4.0a month ago

I was lucky to be there on a clear day. With a small fee you can walk around as long as you want in the area and admire the historical temple. The Golden Pavilion is the surely the highlight, but there are also other stuff in there anyone who’s into history and Japanese culture can admire.

The downside, apart from the huge amount of people you can easily avoid by being there extra early, is that there isn’t much of foreign languages audio guides readily available. It would be good to learn about the place without needing a tour guide.

5.0in the last week

Probably my number 1 attraction in Kyoto - it looks stunning no matter what season it currently is. There'll be crowds, yes, but it's easy to take a snap where it feels like no one else is about. The gardens and pond complement the building very well, and are a highlight on their own as well.

4.0a month ago

The place is like common traditional Japanese places. The temple is very beautiful. It is covered in Gold but not all of it and the cause is quite interesting. It is best to go here when all the leaves are red so make sure you go at the right time but there will be so many people here.

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Wonderful temple !

Wonderful temple !

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Do you want to visit kinkakuji Temple becasue it is gorgeous and photo genic? then I will show you this templeis not only that but it is standing there with a lot of secrets which impress you.Everytime I visit it I will find something n...

Do you want to visit kinkakuji Temple becasue it is gorgeous and photo genic?
then I will show you this templeis not only that but it is standing there with a lot of secrets which impress you.Everytime I visit it I will find something new. Why not go with me?

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Kinkakuji temple is rather exceptional building in Japanese history, built In 1397, and it was lost by an incendiary fire in 1950, and rebuilt in 1955. That is why the building is so shiny and new. There is a secret and unbelievable sto...

Kinkakuji temple is rather exceptional building in Japanese history, built In 1397, and it was lost by an incendiary fire in 1950, and rebuilt in 1955. That is why the building is so shiny and new. There is a secret and unbelievable story about the fire. If you want, I am happy to explain to you the secret story.

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This temple is one of the 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto registered as World Heritage Site. It's most famous for its beautiful garden complex. It's an excellent example of the Muromachi period's garden design. Th...

This temple is one of the 17 historic monuments of ancient Kyoto registered as World Heritage Site. It's most famous for its beautiful garden complex.
It's an excellent example of the Muromachi period's garden design.
This period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design.
The harmonies relationship between architecture and land scape were greatly emphasized and celebrated during this period.
In paricular, the sight where the Golden Pavilion is reflected in the pond boasts a breathtaking beauty.
Please visit this beautiful garden complex and feel Japan beauty!!

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