The Silver Pavilion or better known as Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) is a Zen temple in Kyoto built in the year 1490. It was founded by the 8th shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. The structure’s design was built to emulate the Golven Pavillion (Kinkaku-ji) but no real silver is used for the construction. Similar to Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji was also built as a place of rest and solitude for the Shogun.
In addition to the temple’s famous building, the are was featured with wooded grounds sovered with mosses. The Japanese Zen garden was designed by a famous landscaper artist name Soami. The sand garden which will be shown below is one of the best feature of Ginkaku-ji.
Enjoy the photos below!!
|The Sand Garden greeting its visitors|
|The Kogetsudai, carefully formed pile of sand which is said to symbolize Mount Fuji|
|A landscape shot of the Sand Zen Garden. I wonder what will happen if it rains…Click to enlarge|
As we further enter, here we go, the Silver pavillion with shots from different point of view
|View from the Top of the hill..|
|Perfect Reflection on the calm pond|
|Money were thrown into this pond. It is said that if your coin could land on top of the ‘stone’, you will be lucky|