Seated Buddha

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on July 5, 2001

I walked outside the Po Lin monastery to the immense Buddha, where I discovered there is an admission gate to the statue costing almost $22. Considering how much $22 will get you back in the city, this charge seemed rather ridiculous, even if it included a vegetarian lunch. But after inquiring at the counter I learned that you only have to buy a meal if you wish to to climb to the second and third levels of the statue platform. I passed and began the steep climb.

Unfortunately, the views were hindered that day by the hazy, overcast weather. But the Lantau Island certainly does seem beautiful, with the ocean reaching out beyond for as far as you can see. The Buddha is huge, with the surprising backwards swastika sign emblazoned on his chest. I walked around a few times, including the forbidden second level which was not attended to by employees or guard rails, and then headed back down to the bus station.

Big Buddha-Tian Tan Buddha
Near Po Lin Monastery
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

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