on March 27, 2008
Tian Tan was the highlight of my trip. He is the world largest seated Buddha weighing in at 250 tons at 80 feet tall and carved in bronze. He sits on a lotus throne and is surrounded by his statue court giving offerings of lotus, incense and fruit. He is modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Tian Tan is massive and magnificent to see. There are 282 steps to climb in order to reach the viewing platform and once there you are, or at least I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace and serenity. Locals visit and get down on there knees and pray when reaching the top of the stairs. From that platform you also get a beautiful view of Lantau Island. There is also a memorial hall within the Buddha grounds which houses pictures and names of the deceased. There is Buddhist chanting music within the confines of the hall which makes for a very solemn setting. The Buddha a DEFINITE must see if you are ever in Hong Kong.
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