NICK: Further Kyoto
Trip Start Jan 25, 2006
105Trip End Feb 25, 2008
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We saw Kinkakuji (the Golden Shrine), and the most famous rock garden in the world, Ryoanji.
I think this Zen rock garden is the one that inspired those crappy "Mini-Zen rock gardens" that you find at Urban Outfitters or your friendly neighborhood kitsch-supplier. Unfortunately, the rock garden wall was under construction. I'll upload a pic of what it SHOULD look like, and part of a pic as to what it currently looks like.
You tell me if the effect is ruined.
I wanted to ask for my money back, but we got there with 15 mins til closing - we quickly contemplated our existences in a Zen-like fashion and got our asses moving to make it around the rest of the plant garden.
Apparently, there is a Ginkakuji (Silver Shrine) but it never got covered in silver.. probably a good idea since silver tarnishes. Gold does not.