Listed one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the Kinkaku-Ji temple is a sight to behold. The temple is famous for its golden exterior as it reflects against the pond in a picturesque garden. But if you think the temple is authentic, we’ll have to burst your bubble. Despite surviving the Ōnin civil war, the temple was later burned down by a deranged monk. After the tragedy, a replica of the golden beauty was built in place of the original pavilion. Regardless, standing in all its glory, the replicated Kinkaku-Ji temple remains to be one of the most famous temples in Japan. Fake it if you can’t make it, am I right?
The Golden Pavilion in 1885 before its destruction / Adolfo Farsari (Left). Rebuilt Kinkaku-Ji Temple that is an exact replica / Ilya Grigorik (Right).