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Kyoto, Japan Attractions

Golden Pavilion

This Zen Buddhist temple, also known as Rokuon-ji, has been designated as a National Special Historic site. Surrounded by gardens from the Muromachi period, the temple is one of seventeen locations which comprise the collection of historic monuments of the Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. The temple was first erected in 1397. It was destroyed in the Onin war, and the replica was in turn destroyed by fire in 1950. Today’s pavilion was built in 1955, with a fresh layer of gold leaf covering the exterior added in 1987. Inside the Golden Pavilion is a statue of Yoshimitsu, a Shogun who ruled in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.


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