Kinkaku-ji: Temple of the Golden Pavilion

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 603-8361, Japan

Temple of the Golden Pavilion
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Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design. The Golden Pavilion is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

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Kinkaku-ji: Temple of the Golden Pavilion

On July 2, 1950, the pavilion was burned down by a 22-year-old novice monk. The present pavilion structure dates from 1955, when it was rebuilt. The pavilion is three stories high, approximately 12.5 meters in height.

Kinkaku-ji: Temple of the Golden Pavilion Categories

  • Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, Nature Centers

    The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden. The location of the pavilion in the garden is based on a Zen concept and intends to illustrate a harmony between heaven and earth.
  • National Historic Sites

    The garden complex surrounding the Golden Pavilion is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design. The Muromachi period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design.
  • Notable Architecture

    The Golden Pavilion incorporates three distinct styles of architecture which are Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Each floor of the Kinkaku uses a different architectural style. The exterior is covered in gold leaf.
  • Places of Worship, Religious Buildings

    The Golden Pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha's Ashes). The gold covering the outside of the structure is meant to reflect the importance of the shrine inside.
  • World Heritage Site


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