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

Beautiful, different to other temples around. It's clearly worth the visit but for sure it will be crowded. Even at 9h15 there were many local and international tourists. It's a quick visit, as you cannot visit the inside of the temple; around 30/45 minutes.

5.02 weeks ago

Wow is all I can say about this place. Nothing will prepare you for the beauty of the temple, overlooking a placid pond with well manicured greenery around it. It looks like a still painting and beautiful from every angle. It could get crowded at times with hordes of tourists fighting for the perfect shot but there are certain spots in the park that feels will fill you with zen and calmness. This place is an absolute visit when in Kyoto.

5.02 weeks ago

This is one of the very beautiful Buddhist temple. It's also called golden temple. If you visit Kyoto then you should visit that place. Temple, green trees, pond, walking path all the things in that area made it very special tourist spot in Kyoto. If you want to visit early in the morning then you will be able to avoid the crowd. Otherwise you will have to face the crowd as this is one of the the top attraction point for tourists. But still you will enjoy.

5.0in the last week

Beautiful golden temple at a fair price. Past the temple are several amazing Zen gardens as well. Like most sights in Kyoto it will be very crowded, but even with the crowds we moved around easily. There are vendors inside selling treats and I recommend trying the ones that look like dumplings made from rice dough as they are very good!

5.0in the last week

I love this place. It's a nice place to walk around and eat some ice cream. There are a lot of tourists walking around. It can be a little hard to walk around but just walk more inwards to get a better picture. I really recommend visiting.

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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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