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The Golden Pavilion, Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyōto, Japan

The Golden Pavilion was built as the summer house of the 14th-century Ashikaga Shogun, Yoshimitsu. On his death, as was customary, it became a Buddhist temple. Properly known as Rokuon-ji, Kinkaku-ji today belongs, rather surprisingly, to a Zen Buddhist sect (Zen is generally known for its minimalism and austerity).In 1950 disaster struck when a young monk became obsessed with the structure and in a fit of madness burned it to the ground. This story is retold in Yukio Mishima's famous novel

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  • Uploaded on January 15, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Marc Lat
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2008/10/26 13:17:58
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash