Kinkaku-jI Temple literally means “Temple of the Golden Pavillion” and is a zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It’s one of the most popular buildings in all of Japan attracting large numbers of people annually and today was no exception. It’s designated a National Special Historic Site, one of only 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, which are also World Heritage Sites.
It was completed in 1397 when it was a villa purchased by a shogun and transformed into a multi-building complex. In 1467, all but this building were burned down during the Onin War.
In 1950, the original pavilion was burned down by a 22-year old novice monk. In 1955 the structure was rebuilt and is 3 storeys high (40 feet in height). The gold colour you see is actually gold leaf covered in lacquer.
This is probably the most magnificent temple either of us have ever seen. The gold colour really make this one stand out.