As you can see it was overcast and rainy when we visited the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto in October 2010. This, however, did not detract from its splendour.
The Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkakuji, is one of Japan’s most famous, and beautiful, temples. It was originally built in1393 as a retirement villa for Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga whose intention it was to cover the exterior in gold leaf. He died before it was completed, and his son subsequently converted the building into a Zen temple.
Kinkakuji has burned to the ground and been rebuilt several times during its history. The current structure was built, true to the original, in 1950 and sports gold leaf as the Shogun had envisioned.
It certainly is an impressive sight.
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