Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012 Nov: Kyoto: Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.


After taking this shot, the next time I see it I was already in Manila, so surprised about the colors!





Golden Pavilion

The images on the roof believe to protect the buildings and family living in it








The reality of joining a tour will be a flock of tourists joining you on your supposed to be "selfie/selca" shots, guides that will rush you to your next destination and the time provided is not just enough to enjoy the view and the season.