Phoenix Atop Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan - Encircle Photos

4 Phoenix Atop Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan

In Japanese mythology since the mid-6th century, the Phoenix is called Hō-ō. The sunbird brings goodwill as it descends from the heavens and is typically shown sitting on top of a torii (gateway) to a Shinto shrine. This ornament is made of bronze and adorns the roof of the Golden Pavilion Temple. It is symbolic of an imperial household.

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1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan

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