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Kinkakuji Temple

The Golden Pavilion

Dating back to 1397, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a literal golden pavilion whose top two floors are completely adorned with gold leaf, making it stand out as one of the most famous temples in Japan drawing massive crowds annually. Interesting enough, gold was used as it was seen as a symbol to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative thoughts and feelings toward death.

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