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Kinkaku (Golden Pavillion) is a popular name for this main building in Rokuon-ji Temple. Rokuon-ji Temple was inscribed as World Cultural Heritage in 1994.

The following is copied from the temple’s guide:
Kinkaku was formally called Shariden. He elegant, harmonious building consists of three types of architecture. The 1st floor is Shinden-zukuri, the palace style. It is named Ho-sui-in. The 2nd floor is Buke-zukuri, the style of the samurai house and is called Cho-on-do. The 3rd floor is Karayo style of Zen temple style. It is called Kukkyo0cho. Both the 2nd and the 3rd floors are covered with gold leaf on Japanese lacquer. The roof, upon which the Chinese phoenix settles, is thatched with shingles.

A repainting was done in 1987. The roof was restored in 2003.

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