JAPAN TOURISM: THE MONK WHO BURNT DOWN A TEMPLE | gorilla tracking in rwanda


However, in 1950, a 22-year old novice monk burned the pavilion down ...

Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion paints a haunting portrait of beauty and destruction, based on the incident of a young monk who burnt down Kinkaku-ji in 1950.

Now, while a large part of the story may be just the author’s imagination, the arson that caused the temple—which had reportedly survived centuries of fires and earthquakes—to be reconstructed in 1955 is not.

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