Historic Temples of Japan: Kinkakuji The Golden Pavilion. As beautiful as it is, the Golden Pavilion of Kyoto is not a good example of austere beauty -- it's covered with real gold. A disturbed monk burned the temple to its foundations in 1950. The current structure was built in 1955. It is an exact copy of the previous temple, except that there is more gold leaf than before.
Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) - Kyoto, Japan Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) -- a stunning and historical attraction in Kyoto, that's definitely worth paying a visit to if you're in town.