Japan 112 – Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) @ Kyoto

Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) is one of the most famous Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. From the picture below, you will surely feel the Zen from this temple…   

After we were done in Arashiyama, we found our ways to Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) via Dentetsu (electric train) which required interchange midway where we lost Baby Dragon for a while (she didn’t came out on time at the interchange and we had a little drama locating her) before we reunited at the final station and took a bus to the temple. Google map was a life safer when travelling in foreign countries and it provided the exact transit information from train to bus to walking so we didn’t waste anytime getting lost!

Entrance fee was ¥400 and by the time got there it was almost the closing hours. We quickly made our way to the crowded area where everyone was busy taking selfies with the golden pavilion structure across the lake. Although the temple was founded in 1397, the present pavilion structure dates from 1955, when it was rebuilt after a few arson and wars over the centuries. The current structure is absolutely splendid in its golden glory surrounded by beautiful Japanese garden and it was quite a view that definitely the few best picture perfect moments in my life. We then made our way through the temple compound which is quite small with a few other worship areas and a tea garden. I was glad that we made the effort to come and see this spectacular pavilion that symbolizes Kyoto’s ancient past… 
Entrance Ticket

Coin toss or 
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Ice cream anyone? I wish there’s one in my office…
Wikipedia Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm everyday

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