日本での一年間

February 24, 2011

New Years Eve at Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion

Filed under: Domestic, Kansai, Trips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 3:42 am

After visiting the Silver Pavilion on snowy New Year’s Eve, we headed across town to the Golden Pavilion, Kinkakuji (金閣寺).

The Golden Pavilion lives up to its name and is actually golden, unlike the silver pavilion. But, the Golden Pavilion is not an original. The first time I visited the pavilion, I marveled at the spectacular temple covered in gold leaf. Then I read the book Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima, which is a fictional retelling of true events. In 1950, a monk burned down the  Golden Pavilion. The current temple is a reconstruction dating from 1955. It’s still a great place to visit, but I was rather disappointed to find out it wasn’t original. I felt like I’d been lied to.

Golden Pavilion

The Golden Pavilion seen from across the reflective pond. It wasn't very reflective with all the snow.

crowd

There so many people there that we could barely move. Here you can see everyone trying to get the same picture. Maybe we should just have one person take a picture and then share it with everyone.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] ostentatious. Or, as my Thai friend described it, “This is why Thai people visit the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto and say ‘Eh, it’ s ok’,” instead of lavishing praise on it like many other […]

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