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Kinkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is the iconic temple of Kyoto. Dating from the late 14th century, the temple was originally the retirement villa of the shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.¬† After his death in 1408, in accordance with his wishes, it become a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect. The temple is built over 3 floors with each floor representing a different style of architecture. The first floor,¬†housing statues of… Read More