Kinkakuji (otherwise known as the Golden Pavilion) is a zen buddhist temple in Kyoto. It is one of many sites that makes up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and it is a National Special Historic Site as well as a National Special Landscape. When it was built by a poet and nobleman in the 1300s it was not painted with pure gold leaf as it is today. That did not happen until 1950s, when it was rebuilt after a fire. Nothing but the best for the buddhists!