The Pavilion is a shariden, a Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha.
The gardens and buildings were said represent the Pure Land of Buddha in this world.
The First Gate
The priests living quarters
The Golden Pavilion
Gold foil on lacquer covers the upper 2 levels of Kinkaku
The golden phoenix stands on top of the shingled roof.
The first level is built in the shinden style of the 11th century imperial aristocracy.
The second level in in the buke style of the warrior aristocracy .
The top level is in the Chinese zenshu-butsuden style
The garden is listed as a National Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
It's design is for strolling.