Tian Tan Buddha (aka Giant Buddha)

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Tian Tan Buddha (aka Giant Buddha) is the largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha in a lotus position, modeled after Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. There are eight smaller bronze statues at the base representing gods. The scenery and the grounds are very green and tranquil, with a lot of open space and low population density, except for the tourists.

Po Lin Monastery was built in 1920 by three Zen masters and has an attached tea garden. Tian Tan Buddha was built in 1993; the monks of the world were invited to the opening ceremony.

The monks want to charge for admission to the Buddha but can't because of their beliefs, so they get around that by charging HKD 20 for a vegetarian meal. By the time we arrived, it was getting late and the vegetarian meal was closing in less than half an hour. The person at the ticket booth in front of the steps allowed us through without selling us meal tickets. We just had to climb up the 260 steps to the Po Lin Monastery, where the Buddha rested on top. By the time we were done, the last bus service going back had finished for the day, so we queued up for a taxi and waited maybe half an hour for our turn. MTR plans to have service here in the future.

No photos are allowed inside the monastery.

Hours: 10am to 5:45pm, vegetarian meal 11:30am to 5pm.

Ferry from pier no.6 in Central to Mui Wo/Silvermine Bay - take NLB No. 2 to Po Lin.

MTR to Tung Chung station - take NLB No. 23 to Po Lin.

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


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