Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Kyoto

Yes it is called the Silver Pavilion but isn’t covered in silver. I bet many will scoff or see Ginkakuji as inferior to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) but did you know the founder’s grandfather had constructed Kinkakuji? It actually was supposed to be covered in silver but the Onin war had prevented that.

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

I never really understood the allure of rock and sand gardens – although meticulously crafted and pretty to look at, call me uncultured but I still don’t get it. The racked sand is suppose to represent waves with the hump to be Mt Fuji (definitely wouldn’t have picked it up until I read it from the brochure).

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

All temples have a steep climb up – by steep I mean one wrong step and it’s game over.

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)

Gardens are my favorite part of a temple – there’s just something about going from vivid autumn reds, oranges and yellows to a mossy green forest. Nothing is done by accident with every detail thought out with an intention or meaning (although most times I have no idea what) – it’s a place where you feel truly at peace. When I was here it was during autumn peak on the Emperor’s bday (public holiday) with the place was overrun with people. No quiet reflection for me :(

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

All that walk around the garden and finally we end up close to Ginkakuji – the temple itself is not as glorious as Kinkakuji but in my opinion, the beautiful garden has won me over making Ginkakuji > Kinkakuji ;)

2 comments for “Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Kyoto

  1. January 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Wow, you are lucky to see the gardens with the autumn colours. We were there in September but we were a little too early for the changing of the colours. :( Still, I thought the garden was beautiful. I don’t usually understand the sand gardens either, but I didn’t mind this one. If you’re interested, I put some photos from our visit on my blog at: http://www.mykawaiilife.com/ginkaku-ji-and-the-silver-pavilion/

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for dropping by! September is still a good time to go – better than winter where everything is dead (that was when I went a second time) :S

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