Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto

I love checking out the gates of temples. I thought that the ones to the Kinkaku-ji were different – they’re quite understated and it’s not connected. Usually they’re red and the typical torii gate style.

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I’m not an expert on architecture but I’ve always appreciated a good roof when I see one. I love the details.

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Unlike the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) really is gold. How strange but cool is that?

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Check out the phoenix roof ornament.

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You can easily get a Japanese fortune at temples in Japan.

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But this was the only temple that I visited that had fortunes in different languages – English, Korean, and Chinese.

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Of course, we needed to have our written oracle told…

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I have excellent fortune. If you were to get a bad fortune, you are to leave it tied on the strings at the temple – literally and symbolically casting aside the bad fortune.

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