Buddhists And Gold
The famous Zen (about Zen here) temple Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) which is formally known as Rokuonji. The Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) Temple (Ji), is laid on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex in Kyoto Japan. It is a three-story building with the top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. It function is a Shariden (reliquary) which mean is a place where the bone of the Buddha externals was enshrined (Buddha’s Ashes).
The top floor is built in traditional Chinese cha’an style, or in Japanese called as zenshu-butsuden-zukuri. The second floor is warrior aristocrats style, called as buke-zukuri. The ground floor is called shinden-zukuri (style of the Heian imperial aristocracy). Kyoto also having other famous temple that always linked to this Kinkoku-jin, they are Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple), and Shōkoku-ji.
This temple first build as part of retired Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu’s residence in 1397, and was converted into a Zen temple after he is passed away in 1408. This ground inherited from the Saionji family in years of four of Ounaga (1397), The present building dates from 1955 as the pavilion was burnt by a fanatic monk in 1950.
How to get there ?
For Kinkakuji, take City Bus route No. 12 or 59 from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji-mae stop or route No. 204 or 205 to Kinkakuji-michi stop, a ride of 30 minutes in both cases. The temple is a couple of minutes walk from either stop.
Ryoanji is a three-minute walk from Kinkakuji.
For Saihoji, take No. 73 or 83 bus from Kyoto Station and get off at Kokedera stop, a ride of 45 minutes. The temple is a 3-minute walk from the stop. Visits to the temple and its moss garden are by reservation only.
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