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Golden Temple in Kyoto

Explore: 2008-09-03 # 113


!Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, Kinkaku-ji? Golden Pavilion Temple) is the informal name of Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺, Deer Garden Temple) in Kyoto, Japan. It was originally built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, as part of his estate then known as Kitayama.[1] It was his son who converted the building into a Zen temple of the Rinzai school. The temple was burned down twice during the Ōnin War.

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Taken on April 19, 2008