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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
A woman sweeps away leaves in front of the Golden Pavilion.

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, is almost unbelievably opulent. It can be easy to forget that this vision of utter perfection and luxury is created by humble hard work.

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Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Copyright: © Elani Wales