Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Before coming to Hong Kong,  I'd sort-of planned out what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to eat as much as humanly possible and see a few of the sights, maybe Big Buddha. But when I arrived,  Caitlin told me aside from eating all the delights Hong Kong has to offer, I had to do one thing:

Go to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

I had never heard of it before but considering Caitlin had been in Hong Kong for almost a year I took her advice.

The journey on the MTR was relatively straightforward and after a 5-10 minute walk I had arrived at the front gate. Take note entrance is free and anyone saying otherwise is trying to con you.


It's a steep 20 minute walk up the hill but along the way there are statues of Buddha, all of which are completely different to the next. It is absolutely fascinating. I had to cull the amount of photos I took of the Buddhas that day because there were so many!





















When you reach the top, there are a few temples to explore, including the hall of the 10 thousand Buddhas (apparently it's more like 12 thousand!) Photos aren't allowed but regardless, my photos wouldn't do it justice and it means you just have to see them for yourself as they are enthralling.










I could have easily have spent hours there but unfortunately I had to hot-foot it back to Jordan. Apart from eating all the food possible (I may have mentioned that already?!) Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is without doubt my number 1 tip for Hong Kong.








How to get there:

MTR  

Take MTR East rail line to Sha Tin and leave through exit

From there,  use these directions from Next Stop Hong Kong to walk there. It's no more than a 10 minute walk.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery open 9am-5:30pm every day (bank holidays may not apply). Entrance free but donations are welcomed.

Have you been to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery? What was your favourite site in Hong Kong? 

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