Kyoto, has 1,600 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto Shrines. With 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritages, a tourist would never have to complain on what to do and see in the city that’s known to be the Cultural Capital of Japan.
No wonder, Kyoto, is a must-see for travellers. Temples, however, will bore you to death, unless you’re a devoted Buddhist or Shintoist. But, hey, there’s so much culture to learn here.
I went to four temples—and I refused to enter more temples after that. They have similar stuff inside: statues, gardens and burnt joss sticks. It’s really my bad I didn’t research the ones that are unique from one another. I have enough of temples already. LOL…
This Golden Pavilion, however, is different. It has to be observed and seen from afar. It is in thousands of postcards, posters and other souvenirs all around Japan.
It’s not your ordinary temple where you can see gigantic statues of Buddhas and stuff like that but it’s a pavilion where it’s off limits to visitors.
What’s inside remains a mystery to me. But, for sure, there a tea room there, right? 😀
We went around the garden to take photos of the golden pavilion in different angles and frames. It’s a gloomy kind of day and the sun was nowhere. Thus, the gold color didn’t blind us as we were all expecting. 🙂 We also took a bit of a hike.
Was it really gold? Who knows? From the look of it, it might just be a pavilion wrapped in gold foil! LOL… But, look at this photo. They look like gold bars, eh?
It was a Golden Week in Japan when we were there—and as expected, an ocean of visitors came to oogle at it.
And one more thing: Don’t forget to throw some coins for prosperity. Make your wish—who knows—they’ll come true?
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
- Japan: Fushimi-inari Temple
- The Winding Path of Fushimi Inari Taisha
- Traditional Japanese Houses in Kyoto
- Japan: Gay Osaka
- Portraits of a Geisha
- Spending my morning with the Soldiers of Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Todai-ji Temple in Nara
- Athleb Mountain – The Skyscrapers of Madain Saleh
- Qasr Al Bint – Palace of the Daughter or Maiden
- Open Museum of Traditional Houses
- Burning Joss Sticks at Sensoji Temple
- The Glorious Osaka Castle
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