Gardens of Kyoto- Kinkaku-ji

Another profile from our new Japanese portfolios of our Great
Gardens & Parks
features.


Kinkaku-ji
, or the Golden Pavilion is another of
Kyoto’s most famous historical pieces of architecture (in 1994 it was designated
a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is interesting to contrast Ginkaku-ji, with
its large Silver Sea of gravel, with the layout and actual pond of the Golden
Pavilion.

The Silver Pavilion of Ginkaku-ji was an homage to the more elaborate Golden
Pavilion. Historically, however the Silver Pavilion holds significance as an
original structure, whereas the Golden Pavilion has been reconstructed after
being burned in 1950.

The fusion of architecture and the surrounding landscape in these temples and
shrines is amazing. It is interesting how Frank Lloyd
Wright’s
methodology of organic architecture parallels the incorporation of the
design and layout of the building to its surroundings in a similar way to these
Japanese pieces.

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For More:
Kinkaku-ji official site
Wikipedia article