May 1, 2014

Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavillion) 銀閣寺, Kyoto

Ginkakuji temple is located pretty near to the Philosopher's Path and after we were done with half of the path, we went to the temple. I was curious to see why the temple was named Silver and I was getting confused with another temple with similiar name, Kinkakuji temple which also called Golden Pavillion.

Truth is, there's nothing to shout about the temple but it is the garden that is mesmerising. During the sakura season, there are quite some sakura blooming in the garden but as to whether the pavilion is really silver, then the answer is no. It was supposed to be painted silver but the idea was abandoned but the name stuck since.

Worth a visit especially for the gardens and the flowers and the UNESCO World Heritage status.

Entrance fee is 500 yen per person.

Opening time from 8.30 am to 5pm.


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