Civilization came together in Japan about 12,000 years ago. You can read something more about that here:
Ancient temples are the rule and we approached the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto with the reverence it deserves.
It dates back to 1397, already 500 years old in 1886 when our ClockTower was built.
The grounds are maintained as meticulously as the golden building itself.
Coatings of fine, clear Japanese lacquer protect extensive gold leaf gilding on the second and third floors.
A roof ornament Phoenix stands watch over everything else.
But things are not always as they seem.
This Golden Pavilion was actually built as a replica,
A schizophrenic monk burnt the original to the ground in July of 1950.