Golden Temple at Kyoto for Travel Photo Mondays
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Golden Temple or Kinkaku-Ji at Kyoto
The Golden temple or Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto is a beautiful Buddhist temple made with gold leaf and is one of the most popular temples to visit in Kyoto. A place of retirement and sanctuary for a Japanese nobleman, it was then converted into a zen temple upon his death. The temple is designated as a special historic monument and garden and part of the historic monuments of Kyoto.
The temple roof is capped with a bronze phoenix ornament
There is a beautiful garden and trails surrounding the temple in the style of the Muromachi period, a timeframe considered the golden age of Japanese garden design. Created in a minimalist style and characterized with a reduction in scale of plantings (topiary and bonsai) and integrating the buildings naturally to the landscape. These are the hallmarks of a well designed environment while integrating distant views and landscape into the place and vista points where the temple is situated. Even though the temple grounds are small, the borrowed views of the distant hills and valleys add the overall grand scale of the entire environment.
Fall time at Kinkaku-ji
The entire complex was destroyed during a war, and then the temple itself was later burned down by a crazy novice monk. Rebuilt in 1955, the three level structure was then gilded in gold leaf in the upper stories to symbolize a purification of thoughts on death. Also, the lavish design principles embellishing with gold leaf were in line with of the Muromachi style of excess.
The pond fronting the Golden temple represents a Kyocho-chi or mirror lake which reflects the pavilion and connects it to the outside world. The small islands in the pond represent the Japanese islands and the miniature (bonsai) plantings, rock elements and bridges represents Zen ideology with references to famous places in Japanese and Chinese literature.
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