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The Golden Pavilion in a Serene Japanese Garden
When it comes to Asian temples, there are very few in the World that could conquer with the beauty of the Japanese Golden Pavilion. The strikingly beautiful temple is found just outside Kyoto on an islet in a small lake.
The Kinkaku-ji Temple or Rokuon-ji Temple (known as Golden Pavilion in English) is an iconic zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.
The stunning pagoda glitters with golden shine when struck by the Sun's rays.
It has frequently been depicted in Japanese artwork (on paintings, for instance) and looks stunning all year round!
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Its walls are covered with thin gold film.
Nevertheless, the amazing ancient temple is one of Japan's leading attractions, but I personally consider it the top attraction in the "Country of the Rising Sun".
It was built in 1397 and it is a three-story gold-coloured pagoda. Two of its floors are gold leaf-covered and there's a gold-coloured bronze phoenix bird on its roof.
During my trip there, I was told the bird is made of "solid gold". Ah well, actually it's just bronze!
The pavilion is found outside the city of Kyoto in the Rokuon-ji temple complex.
More exactly, is is located at 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto. Admission fee is 400 yen and it's open throughout the year from 9:00 to 17:00 and there are no closing days.
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