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Ginkakuji
銀閣寺

4.4/5
444 Reviews
Ranked No. 18 in Kyoto Can't Miss Attractions
TempleUNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
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Recommended sightseeing time: 1 hour
Address: 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone: +81-75-7715725

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Compared with the Golden Pavilion, the experience of the Yin Pavilion is better! Because of the richness and quietness of the temple! Yin Pavilion has both dry landscape garden and back pool garden; especially the modelling of dry landscape, it is shocking.

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Introduction

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ginkakuji was originally built as a villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa and modeled after Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) The temple has two floors. The first floor, built in the same style as Saihoji Temple, is called Shinku-den, and the second floor Cho-onkaku is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Despite its nickname as the Silver Pavilion, the exterior of the temple was never actually covered in silver, but rather painted white instead. The garden is comprised of the Silver Pavilion, Togudo Temple (East Seeking Hall), and a pond, accompanying a white sand garden representing the sea and waves.
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