Kogetsudai - Ginkakuji is a Zen temple at the foot of Kyoto's Higashiyama or "eastern mountain". The temple was formally known as Tozan Jishoji and built in 1482 as a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. A few years later, the Silver Pavilion was constructed, modeled after Kinkakuji's Golden Pavilion. Plans to cover the pavilion in silver were never realized yet the name Silver Pavilion stuck. The villa was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa's death and is well known for its zen garden.
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