Today I went to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. The Monastery is in the new territories and is a bit far from Hong Kong Island, but it's very easy to get to. There is no entry fee to visit the Monastery so it's definitely a must visit. Along the way to the Monastery the pathway is line up with different golden buddha statues.
Today was pretty warm so I could have done without the 431 steps to the top. By the time I got up there I was a sweaty mess!
I did stop for some selfies on the way up ^^.
More stairs. It felt like it was never ending!
When you finally reach the top there are a lot more buddhas.
This is the view from the top.
This building was beautiful. You can't go in unfortunately.
If you keep going right from the stairs you will see a little hill with golden buddhas on it. It was pretty cool. Underneath was a little wishing well.
To the left of the stairs is the Monastery, although it is not a real monastery because there are no monks. This building is the main temple hall. Inside you will see the walls are lined up with about 13,000 miniature golden ceramic buddhas.
I've seen these statues in almost every Buddhist temple I've been to. They are the four heavenly kings; each one watches over a different direction (north, south, east and west).
There are three large Buddha statues under pavilion. The paint on the pagodas are impeccable as you can see.
The statues have the no photo sign on it but everyone was taking pictures so I did too.
Here is the other statue. You can also see there are golden Buddhas surrounding it.
In the middle of the monastery there is a large pagoda, with little golden Buddhas in the windows. This is called the nine story pagoda. Inside there is a spiral staircase where you can get a great views. A lot of people pray in front of this pagoda so make sure you are not in the way if you are taking pictures.
I think I spent a good 90 minutes here, which is quite long. I really liked this monastery, it was not crowded at all and it was so quiet. You can stay here as long as you want since you don't have to wait to take a picture and you don't have random strangers ruining your pictures. This place is worth a visit from busy HK island.
The monastery is open 9-5:30pm daily.
MTR East Rail to Sha Tin Station. Take exit B and walk along the ramp beside the bus terminus, down to street level and past Pai Tau Village on the left. Keep walking forward until you see Pai Tau Street on the left (there is a mall opposite)
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