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Kyoto Sights: Kinkakuji

The Golden PavilionThere’s another absolute must-see in Kyoto we visited during our last stay: the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji (金閣寺).
It is a Zen temple next to a pond in a beautiful Japanese style garden. Its most striking feature is that its upper stories are covered in gold leaf. On most days, this sparkling gem is reflected beautifully in the pond, which enhances the sight even more.
The building originally served as a retirement villa for a shogun, and I must say, the man really knew how to prepare himself a nice estate. Apart from the pavilion itself, the surrounding garden is absolutely lovely, merging into the wooded Kitayama hills at the Northern edge of town. This is an instance of the concept of borrowed scenery, where the surrounding area is incorporated into the design of the garden. (more…)

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