It was a nice little article about the golden pavillion, but you left out one of the most interesting aspects of its history; that it was burned to the ground by an insane monk in 1950.
I suppose as a tourist attraction, its not one of the ones I'd reccomend seeing in Kyoto. It is small, basically you just enter the garden, walk around the little pond and take pictures of the temple on the other side. You can't enter the building or anything and the place is usually packed with tourists.
In terms of landscape architecture though, it offers probably one of the best garden views in all of Japan.
Hey, I don't think the golden temple is rubbish, its really beautiful. I just don' t think its worth going out of your way to see because there are a lot of less crowded, more beautiful temples around. The silver temple is better, but I agree with gaijinology about Kiyomizu dera, its much nicer and you can enjoy a walk around the historical neighborhood nearby.