Golden Pavilion

Golden Pavilion

"Golden Pavilion" January 2015

Digital illustration, created using Procreate on iPad

When I visited Japan last year I went to the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. Kyoto is the place to be for a tourist looking for traditional Japanese temples and shrines, rather than the bright modern madness of Tokyo.

It is, like it says on the tin, a golden pavilion. A Buddhist temple set in a beautiful garden complex, gold leaf covers the top two stories of the building. The story goes that it was the only structure in the complex to survive a civil war from 1467-1477, only to be burnt down by a crazed novice monk in 1950 who then tried to kill himself on a hill round the back of the building. It was rebuilt in 1955, and is super shiny.

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