On November 23rd of 2014, I visited Byodo-in Phoenix Hall in Uji City, Kyoto.
The Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in underwent renovation between September 2012 and March this year. The roofs were replaced, and pillars were painted anew, giving it a refreshed look. The phoenix in radiant gold on the roof of the central chamber, and the pillars and walls painted in brilliant vermilion are wonderfully eye-catching. On this sunny autumn day, the newly renovated Phoenix Hall made a striking contrast with the high blue sky, and its reflection on the mirror-like surface of the pond was just awesome!
See also: Beyond Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in (Villa of Elite Aristocrats series)
Find out more about Byodo-in Temple.