Ginkakuji Temple, or the Silver Pavilion, represents a particular Kyoto sense of beauty and elegance, often referred to as wabi sabi.
It is a Zen temple in the eastern hills of Kyoto, at the northern end of Philosophers Walk. Work was begun in 1460 C.E.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There is no silver in the pavilion (unlike the Golden Pavilion, which is coated in gold leaf and is on the other side of Kyoto).
The exterior of the building was originally intended to be covered in silver, but this never came to be. However, the name stuck.
2 Ginkaku-cho Sakyo-ku Kyoto
Tel: 075 771 5725
8:30 to 17:00 (9:00 to 16:30 from December to February)
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