Non-Dorky Poll: Silver and Gold

The Silver Pavilion:

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The Golden Pavilion:

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Which do you like better?

I actually have much better pictures of the Golden Pavilion (which can be seen at Flickr), but this is about as good as the Silver Pavilion shots get (see this set), so to make it a fair comparison, I went with the picture above. I’m also inordinately amused by pictures of other people taking pictures of stuff.

To answer a question raised in the previous poll, this is “non-dorky” because it’s about making aesthetic judgements, not science stuff. As any smarmy art history major can tell you, science is for dorks, and dorks are incapable of making real aesthetic judgements…

Comments

  1. #1 Moopheus
    September 27, 2007

    I think it is a tough call–judging by the photos here, both seem to fit very well into their particular surroundings.

  2. #2 Skwid
    September 27, 2007

    Silver, for me, no hesitation…but with the proviso that I am perfectly conscious that that is a thoroughly modern aesthetic call. To people from another time, I think the Gold would have a unique appeal that I just can’t relate to.

  3. #3 Jonathan
    September 27, 2007

    I think that with the reflection in the perfectly still pool on a blue sky day it has to be the gold. It may be over the top, but it is stunning.

  4. #4 mollishka
    September 27, 2007

    Aesthetically, the golden one, but the Buddhist tradition of “materialism is bad except when it comes to our Buddhas and pagodas” does give the “silver” one an edge.

  5. #5 Dennis
    September 27, 2007

    What if you just want to be a dentist?

  6. #6 Devin L. Ganger
    September 27, 2007

    Gold, but not for the obvioius reasons; I like the pool setting around it.

  7. #7 Chad Orzel
    September 27, 2007

    I think that with the reflection in the perfectly still pool on a blue sky day it has to be the gold. It may be over the top, but it is stunning.

    See here.

  8. #8 karl
    September 27, 2007

    It might be the photo, but the Silver settles into the forest in a more pleasant (dare I say serene?) way.

  9. #9 Jonathan
    September 28, 2007

    …and this was my take on it.

  10. #10 Qalmlea
    September 28, 2007

    Gold, but by a slim margin. It has an airier feel to it, and the water feature is stunning. But I also like the more subdued tones of the silver.

  11. #11 Sean
    October 1, 2007

    Ginkakuji (silver) wins. It has a more tasteful and serene atmosphere than Kinkakuji. I’ve always preferred it.

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