Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion)

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. 
The first floor is built in the Shinden style used for palace buildings during the Heian Period, and with its natural wood pillars and white plaster walls contrasts yet complements the gilded upper stories of the pavilion. Statues of the Shaka Buddha (historical Buddha) and Yoshimitsu are stored in the first floor. Although it is not possible to enter the pavilion, the statues can be viewed from across the pond if you look closely, as the front windows of the first floor are usually kept open.
The second floor is built in the Bukke style used in samurai residences, and has its exterior completely covered in gold leaf. Inside is a seated Kannon Bodhisattva surrounded by statues of the Four Heavenly Kings; however, the statues are not shown to the public. Finally, the third and uppermost floor is built in the style of a Chinese Zen Hall, is gilded inside and out, and is capped with a golden phoenix.(SOURCE)
Interior of the Golden Pavillion
We have to content ourselves looking at these photos because entry to the pavillion is not possible.
After viewing Kinkaku-ji across the pond, visitors will pass by the garden and continues to Fudo Hall where one can pray. 

Fudo Hall
Next to it are souvenir shops and food stalls.
We bought this snack from there & we're hooked to it.

Entrance: ¥ 300
How we get there:
Rode Bus #205 at Kyoto Station
(Alternatively, you make take 101 bus.)
Fare: ¥ 220

Their bus system rocks. It is the best mode of transpo for me.
At the station, they labeled bus number with sites that's accessible.
Plus, in the bus, there's also a recorded announcement & information on which site you are about to pass.
Unlimited bus ticket (per day) is also available.
Inquire at Kyoto Station.

1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto
+81 75-461-0013
9:00 - 17:00
No closing days

(except when there are ceremonies or renovation) 

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  1. Very nice! Adto nya ko ani if and when maka adto ko sa Japan!

    1. According to my vibration, in the "near" future na na, Mustachio. :D


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