Ryoan-ji (The Peaceful and Peaceful Dragon Temple) is a Zen temple located in Kyoto.
It is part of the set of Historical Monuments of ancient Kyoto, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1994. The temple was created by the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai, belonging to Zen Buddhism.
Inside this temple there is one of the most famous karesansui (dry gardens) in the world, built at the end of the 15th century, around 1488. The creator of this garden did not leave any explanation about its meaning, so for centuries it has been a mystery to discover the true meaning or why of its great beauty.
It is a rectangular garden built in front of the main building. The composition uses raked sand, moss, and rocks. There is a predominance of elongated shapes placed parallel to the position of the building.
The three remaining sides are closed by walls, which together with the lower line of the platform from which the building must be viewed, allows the view of the garden to be limited in a longitudinal frame.