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Kyoto Golden Pavilion | Temple Covered in Gold Leaf

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Kyoto Golden Pavilion | Temple Covered in Gold Leaf

Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is located at the foot of Kinugasa Hill in Kyoto. Originally designed as a villa, it was transformed into the Kinkakuji we see today after the property was bought by the shogun of the territory. The building was then converted into a Zen temple upon the shogun’s death. The temple itself was burned down once in 1950 and was later rebuilt in 1955 with, what some speculate to be, even more gold-leaf coating than the original structure. Officially named Rokuon-ji, which translates to Deer Garden Temple, the nickname of the Golden Pavilion is derived from the gold leaf coating of the pavilion. Today, Kinkakuji is designated as a National Special Historic Site, a National Special Landscape, and a World Heritage Site. It is one of most popular temples in the country, bringing a large number of visitors annually.

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