The Ginkakuji, also known as the“ Silver Pavilion ”, is a Buddhist Zen temple in the Higashiyama area in northeastern Kyoto. The surrounding gardens from the Edo period were designated a special historical site in 1952, and UNESCO took the Ginkakuji together with others Buildings in 1994 in the World Heritage Site Historic Kyoto.
Construction of the complex began in 1482 and was intended to be the retirement home of the then shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. However, it was not completed until his death, so it was converted into a temple according to his request. Two buildings have been preserved in their origins, of which the Kannon den is the symbol of the temple and is usually called the "Silver Pavilion", while the Togu-do contains one of the oldest rooms for the tea ceremony. The complex is also known for its moss garden and the extraordinary sand garden known as the “lake of silver sand”.
In contrast to the “Golden Pavilion”, the Ginkakuji is not covered with silver. The name probably came from the similar architecture of the two buildings.
30-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Railway
5-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ginkakuji-mae
Ginkakuji Temple is also known as the “Silver Pavilion”. However the actual building is not clad in silver! They are other temple buildings in the area and as you walk around you will be able to see moss garden, sand garden, the pond and the temple buildings from different angles. There is a path for you to follow that will lead you in a circular direction. You will also be surprised just how it makes you feel by looking at the sand garden.
Kyoto's Ginkaku: Long ago, the outer walls of the second level were painted pure white, and colorful honeycomb patterns, horizontal stripes, and other patterns were drawn under the eaves! White-colored Ginkaku shined a beautiful silver in the moonlight at that time.
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