Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺 Temple of the Golden Pavilion?), also known as Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺 Deer Garden Temple?), is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.[2] The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design.[4] The Muromachi period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design.[5] The correlation between buildings and its settings were greatly emphasized during this period.[6] It was a way to integrate the structure within the landscape in an artistic way. The garden designs were characterized by a reduction in scale, a more central purpose, and a distinct setting.[7] A minimalistic approach was brought to the garden design, by recreating larger landscapes in a smaller scale around a structure.[8]

It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site.[9] It is also one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.[10] It has also been made widely familiar as being featured in a photograph in the desktop picture art of Apple's OS X computer operating system, labeled simply as "Golden Palace".

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