Kinkakuji – Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

japan stock photography | Kinkakuji - Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Kansai, Honshu, Japan

Kinkakuji (also known as “Golden Temple” or “Golden Pavilion”) is one of Kyoto’s best-known attractions. It 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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