Gold leaf & sacred places: Golden Pavillon in Kyoto, July 2015

Did you know?
The Golden Pavillon, at the center of the Kinkakuji temple complex, a beautiful Zen temple in Kyoto, has three stories surrounded by balconies, the upper two of which are completely covered in gleaming gold leaf  in accordance with the original intentions of the first owner of the building, Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga .