Kyoto Temple: Kinkaku-ji

By on December 16, 2015

At the center of this Zen temple remained Kinkaku-ji build by Yoshimitsu. The temple suffered great damage During the Onin War, but in the early Edo period, Emperor Gomizunoo helping rebuild it to the the form we see today, which is more like a garden temple than a Zen temple. In 1950 a young monk of Rokuon-ji set i on fire, burning it to the ground, it was rebuild in its original style, and was substantially renovated again in 1986, rejuvenating its gold foil brilliance.



Kinkaku-ji is one of the most places for everyone that comes visit Japan. This Zen temple features an amazing garden and is worth every minute of your time,from start to end you will be stunned. One passes through the middle gate near Kyokochi pond to see a crowd of tourist taking photos with the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) in the background. And this why I recommend you to go visit as early in the morning as you can. Is a crowd gets too big then it will eat off your comfortable feeling!

Since the Middle ages, Japanese beauty has avoided gaudy color and instead found value in subtle monotones of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This is a fundamental part part of the aesthetic consciousness of modern Japanese, and has been linked to the Zen culture of warrior clan since the Kamakura period. Therefore it is a bit strange for us to look at the sparkling gold of Kinkaku as a Zen temple.

The Golden Pavilion is a three-story building. The first floor, the Hosui-in, is a courtly residence in the shinden-zukuri style structure with a broad veranda and columns along the pond, with shitomi latticed doors on the inside. The second floor, Choon-do, is a Buddhist hall with flame-shaped kato windows. the second and the third floors are the ones that are covered in gold foil.


One of the most famous aspects of The Golden Pavilion is its image reflecting in the pond below, making the view even more spectacular. So when visiting, make sure to bring your best camera!