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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong

This photo of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is courtesy of CPJoseph

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery has one of the most famous Buddhist temples and is a very popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong. A sight to behold, the temple was founded in 1949 by Reverend Yuet Kai, a skilled lyre player and talented poet from a wealthy family in Kunming, China whose dedication to Buddhism and its teaching is beyond comparable. After completion of the temple in 1957, it took another ten years to complete the miniature Buddhas that are now displayed on the main temple wall stacked on shelves. Close to thirteen thousand is the actual number of miniature Buddhas but in Cantonese 10,000 is a figurative term for large number thus it was called ten thousand rather than thirteen thousand.  

Inside the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Inside the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is in the Po Fook Hill in Pai Tau Village in Sha Tin, New Territories. It can be reached by climbing up 431 steps and on the sides of the path were decorated with 500 life-sized gilded Arhan statues. In the main hall you can find the embalmed body of Reverend Yuet Kai seated in a glass case with three-large gilded Buddha statue behind it. A small stand inside the main hall sells incense sticks, papers and souvenirs.

Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

This photo of Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is courtesy of CPJoseph

In the center of the terrace between the main hall and pagoda is the Kwun Yam Pavilion displayed of gold Bodhisattvas on one side and 18 Arhat Gallery of Arhan statues on the other side. The nine storey pagoda surrounded by gold Buddha statues is at the opposite end of the terrace of the main temple. You could climb up the pagoda by an internal spiral staircase and a panoramic view of Sha Tin can be seen on the top. The pagoda of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery achieved fame in 2001 when it was selected to represent a symbol of Hong Kong in hundred dollar banknote. Behind the pagoda is another staircase lined with gold statues that will lead you downhill to Sha Tin. Along that pathway is a bookshop run by local calligraphist, and Wing Wo Bee Farm that sets up a stand at the foot of the hill selling the pure honey produce of the farm.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant

This photo of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery Vegetarian Centre at lower right is courtesy of Mk2010

A vegetarian restaurant can be found on the lower level terrace for those who are hungry and those who just want to taste how it is to munch vegetarian goodies and if you wish they are serving a la carte meal too.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is open daily from 9am to 5:30pm and admission is free. 

Website :  Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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