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This Is The Most Beautiful Temple In Kyoto, Japan

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Japan

Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the Honshu Island, and it has a population of almost 1.5 million people. Once the imperial capital of Japan, it is now the capital of Kyoto prefecture and well-known as a go-to place if you want to see traditional Japan.

When there, what you should not, by any chance, miss to see is Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion. The Golden Pavilion is an old Zen temple whose two top floors are covered in gold. The temple was originally a villa owned by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and was, after his death, turned into a Zen temple in 1408.

It is located next to a big lake, and it was burned down several times throughout history – once it was even burned down by a monk. Kinkakuji is a great representation of old Japan and the architecture of old times, and it should most definitely be on your bucket list.

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