Monday, November 9, 2015

The Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, is a shariden - or Zen Buddhist hall containing the relics of Buddha.  It is located in northern Kyoto.

The top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

My silly neighbor writes:  "I spent most of my time there trying to figure out how to get a hunk of the wall to take home."  

Of course, he was kidding.  I think.

Known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and also the "Deer Garden Temple", this beautiful structure attracts tons of tourists every year.

The Golden Pavilion is set into a truly beautiful garden.  The rock composition, the bridges and plants are all arranged a specific way to represent famous places in Chinese and Japanese literature.

It is truly a beautiful place.

Have a terrific Monday, everyone!

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