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“Incredible history”
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Ginkaku-ji Temple
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Owner description: Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished in a coat of silver. Although this step never occurred, the temple is still known by the name Silver Pavilion.
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Incredible history”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Most of what we know about modern Japan, except the golf(!), started here - the tea ceremony, ikebana and the Higashiyama architectural style. This is the place to discover Japan in an afternoon!

Visited January 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Amazing gardens”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Silver pavillion itself is a bit meh but the gardens are stunning! Don't do the audio tour - it was boring and long winded and the map you get is so unspecific.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Elegant and understated temple”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dial down any expectations of extravagant bling – the chap who built this temple ran out of money before he could have the place covered in silver. Elegant and understated, this temple has beautiful (hillside) gardens attached and a most impressive hedge at the entrance!

Visited December 2012
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Paris
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“Stunning - and therefore very crowded!”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a magnificient place but it was way too crowded for my taste, as I arrived during a holiday week-end around the mid-afternoon "rush hour", which made it a bit less enjoyable a visit than it could have been. My advice is thus to plan on arriving early, or on a weekday.

Visited January 2013
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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“Amazing place!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

I'm not a huge temples person, but Ginkakuji temple, also known as the Silver Pagoda, shouldn't be missed. Surprisingly, there was not a skerrick of silver in sight, because there were plans to cover the pagoda with silver but they never eventuated. It was actually the garden area of the temple that was most impressive. Huge green hedges funnelled us into the main area, where carefully manicured sand and pebbles form circles, straight lines and a huge mound, which is meant to symbolise Mt Fuji. Bamboo fences led us over bubbling waterfalls and around the delicate mossy hillside, so we could get an even better view of the amazing sandscapes, before descending through tall shady trees. What an idyllic place for our last temple visit in Kyoto for this visit! Allow 1hr.

Visited December 2012
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