Ornate: Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Kyoto

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

The most ornate temple in Japan, Kinkaku-ji, where most of the Japanese visit once in a life time.

I visited this temple this May with my husband. For him, it was the first visit. Mine was a school trip, long time ago. As a kid, I didn’t realize this huge pine tree in the form of ship, planted about 600 years ago. It was planted as a bonsai tree treasured by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who built this temple.

… While walking in the garden of Kinkaku-ji, we heard a Japanese telling a Western guy, “There is another temple called Ginkaku-ji (literally, Silver Temple) but it’s not worth visiting.”

Some people say it’s one of the most disapponting places for sightseeing, as it’s not covered with silver. This one is famous for not being ornate, contrary to Kinkaku-ji. But I love this chic temple which represents Japanese ‘wabi-sabi.’  


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