Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji is also known as Rokuonji

Kinkakuji is a Zen Temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

The temple was the retirement villa if the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.

The temple was burned down numerous times during the war and, lastly, by a monk who wanted to burned himself with the temple run 1950.

The present structure was built in 1955 which is about 64 years ago.

The first floor is built in Shiden style used for palace building during the Heian Period. Statues of the Shaka Buddha (historical Buddha) & Yoshimitsu are stored in the first floor.

The second floor is built in the Bukke style used in Samurai Residences and has its exterior completely covered in gold leaf. Inside is a seated Kannon Bodhisattva surrounded by statues of the four heavenly kings.

The third floor is built in the style of Chinese Zen Hall, is gilded inside & out, and is caped with a golden Phoenix.

Snows does not usually fall this heavy in Kyoto City. However, two years ago, the temperature dropped sharply and gave us this beautiful view of Kinkakuji covered with snow.


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