GINKAKUJI - JAPAN
Ginkakuji,Temple of the Silver Pavilion, locates at the foot of Kyoto's Higashiyama ("eastern mountains"). The temple is formally known as Tozan Jishoji. In 1482, the third Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa called Kitayama-dono (Kitayama Palace)on the grounds of today's temple. After his death, it was converted into a Zen-sect temple with the Zen master Muso Soseki as its first abbot. A few years later, the Silver Pavilion, modeled after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), was constructed. Plans to cover the pavilion in silver were never realized.