Friday, 24 October 2008

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Isn’t this snowy scene breathtakingly beautiful?

This stunning postcard was sent from Japan by lovelypostcards24, our amazing Noriko. It shows the Kinkaku-ji Temple (English: Golden Pavilion Temple) located in Kyoto. It was built in 1397 and originally it served as a retirement place to Shogun (English: general) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Later, his son turned it into a Zen Temple.

The pavilion is a three-story building in which the top two stories are decorated with pure gold leaf and it houses relics of Buddha. It is standing in the shores of a Mirror Pond ( Kyoto-chi).

This Temple is included in the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994.

Source: Wikipedia.

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