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Kinkaku-ji Temple
 

This is the famous "Golden Temple" or "Golden Pavillion" of Kyoto. It was built in 1397 and made as a retirement home for the shogun at that time, but his son converted it into a temple. In 1950, a monk, who was obsessed with the temple, burned it to the ground and it was reconstructed five years later.

There is a short garden walk around the golden pavillion which is quite pleasant as well. The site is often very crowded, but it is easy to see why this is one of the most visited temples in Kyoto.

 

 

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