Kinkaku-ji (also known as Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It is famous for its golden central pavilion which is surrounded by a pond and is very photogenic. The original Kinkaku-ji was built in 1397 and was destroyed three times by fire over the course of its history, the last time in 1950. The present structure dates from 1955 and was restored in 1984, when the golden coating was replaced. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful park.

01 Temple entrance 02 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion with reflection in Kyoko-chi pond 03 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion with reflection in Kyoko-chi pond 04 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion with reflection in Kyoko-chi pond 05 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion with reflection in Kyoko-chi pond
06 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion with reflection in Kyoko-chi pond 07 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion 08 Kukkyocho floor of golden pavilion 09 Golden Kinkaku-ji pavilion
10 Temple park 11 Jizo Buddhist images and coins thrown by visitors 12 Kukkyocho floor of golden pavilion and trees 13 Souvenir shop 14 Souvenir shop
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