Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Its official name is Rokuon-ji. It was first established in 1397. However, in 1950, a 22-year old novice monk burned the pavilion down and then tried to commit suicide. He survived, went to prison, but was released early in 1955 due to mental illness (persecution complex and schizophrenia.) He died of tuberculosis in 1956. The pavilion that we see today was rebuilt in 1955.

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22jul14. Kyoto, Japan.

11 thoughts on “KYOTO, JAPAN: KINKAKU-JI

  1. These are stunning. We visited Kinkakuji in the rain. Although still beautiful, the glow of the gold was dulled a little. I hope one day to see the pavilion glow as it does in these pictures.

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