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Memories of Japan II: Kinkaku-ji, Golden Pavilion Temple

Here's the second installment of my Memories of Japan: an invitation to the Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Temple, also located Kyoto.

Photo by susielomovitz

Located in Kyoto’s outskirts, surrounded by a charming japanese garden and almost floating on a lake like a lily, we find this gem: Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion Temple. It’s a simple and relatively small temple,but its sublime beauty leaves you speechless.

It was built in 1397 as a retirement villa of the powerful shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, as part of his Kitayama property. His son converted it into a Zen temple for the Rinzai sect. It was burned down several times during Onin War, but we can enjoy it today with no traces left from such events.

It’s not possible to get inside the temple, but watching its lightness and majesty is an amazing experience. Each bridge, patch or plant surrounding this temple makes the place such a wonderful experience in Japan.

As a curiosity, here is a Lego playback pop-up on this gem:

I hope to come back soon with another memory from Japan that will take you to another magical corner of this incredible country.

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written by susielomovitz and translated by ladyfromthepast

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The original version of this article is written in: Spanish.