Ginkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, is one of the most famous and recognizable Buddhist temple halls in #Japan.#Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) is a #Zen#temple along #Kyoto's eastern mountains (#Higashiyama). In 1482, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on the grounds of today's temple, modeling it after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), his grandfather's retirement villa at the base of Kyoto's northern mountains (Kitayama). The villa was converted into a #Zentemple after Yoshimasa's death in 1490.
The Ginkaku is roofed with cypress shingles and features a silver phoenix final at the peak of its roof.
This garden is also known for the mound of white sand called Kogetsudai, or Moon Viewing Dias, that reflects the moonlight like a moon in itself, while casting interesting shadows and light over the sands around it.