The Silver Pavillion (Ginkaku-ji – 銀閣寺) of Kyoto

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

6 thoughts on “The Silver Pavillion (Ginkaku-ji – 銀閣寺) of Kyoto

  1. Iriene

    I love all the photos especially the one “Perfect Reflection on the Calm Pond”..beautiful!
    Here, I would like to wish you

    “Happy & Prosperous Chinese New year :)”

    Btw, is the sand are loose type or already cemented?