Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

When I travel I like to find one place, one activity or site or show that I really want to see. While there was a lot I was interested in checking out while I was in Hong Kong, my one must do was visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

Now I should preface this by saying that this place is a little off the main tourist trail, but it’s not impossible to find. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is very much a local spot, and isn’t promoted with the Hong Kong Tourism Board so it can be a bit tricky to find. Of course it doesn’t help that I get lost easily, so I didn’t find this monastery right away. I got confused and wandered around around the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls for a while before realizing I was in the wrong place. Eventually I got to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery it and was well worth a visit.

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery isn’t technically a monastery, because there are no monks that live there. It’s maintained by staff and has been open since the 1950s. There’s about 430 steps to walk to get to the temples at the top, but the walk is the best/worst (so tiring) part of the experience because of all the Buddha statues. Each golden Buddha statue is different from one another. Some Buddhas are sitting, some are standing. Some are posing really simply, and others have more ornate features. It’s pretty cool to see. Here are some photos I took.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Going up the incline (there were also steps at some points) to the and seeing some of my first (out of Ten Thousand) Buddhas. There is a sign along the way warning people that fake monks are known to hang around and scam tourists. How can you tell a fake monk from a real one? In Hong Kong a real devoted monk can’t beg for money. This might not be the case everywhere, but that’s the law in Hong Kong.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

When you first start walking the Buddhas are sitting and gradually they start standing. My assumption (and totally not tested or verified with anyone) is that it’s showing Buddha’s enlightenment.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

This Buddha was pointing to my right, but I was going left.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Some Buddhas were simple statues, but others had props and things, like this one with a dragon.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Multilevel Buddhas. Maybe I just lucked out with when I went (a random Wednesday afternoon in March) but there were only a few other people at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery when I was there. It was very peaceful.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Now you can see some Buddhas starting to stand.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Every Buddha statue was different. Some of the Buddhas had a very peaceful expression to them, but not all of them did. This Buddha on the far left is slaying a dragon with some serious fury.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

This Buddha was riding a horse. As fun as it might seem to do there are signs warning not to climb on the statues. Respect.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

This Buddha statue was near the top and riding a bird…again maybe symbolizing enlightenment, but that’s just a guess. I don’t really know a lot about Buddhism, but this was a pretty cool place to visit.

When you get to the top you see the temples with even more Buddhas. There are some bigger statues and smaller ones, both outside and inside the temples. Unfortunately as I came to find out during my time in Hong Kong (and later in Tokyo) you’re often not allowed to take photos inside the temples. It’s too bad for you, my readers, because the temples were so pretty and ornate inside, but I understand this is a sacred space. No matter what you believe it’s important to be respectful of other people’s beliefs and traditions. Good travel manners and all, so that’s why there are only a few photos here.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

These were three of the Buddha statues at the very top, by the temples. I started wondering if there were really 10000 statues, then I went inside the temples and saw all these little Buddhas statues and thought “no way I’m counting those. I’ll just assume there’s ten thousand statues.”

Temples at the top of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

A general view of the temple area at the top of the Monastery. The incense up here smelled so nice. I did see some signs telling people not to feed the wild monkeys, but I didn’t see any monkeys while I was there.

Temple at the top of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

While most of the Buddhas going up to the temples were gold, the Buddhas at the top and inside the temples were all sorts of colours.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Leaving the Buddhist monastery and there are still more statues. Check out the multi- headed Buddha on the right.

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

Finally I’ll end with one of my favourite Buddha statues, the Don’t Mess With Me Buddha sitting on a lion (tiger?).

Things You Should Know

The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (the website is only available in Chinese) is located on Tai Pai Road in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. The closest MTR station to the monastery is the Sha Tin station, take Exit B, and then it’s about a 10 minute walk. There’s a step by step video on Youtube showing how to get to the monastery from Sha Tin station (if you don’t want to get lost like me). The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is open from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion in Kowloon. This is a large scale building that caters to budget travelers.  I was quite happy with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was a 2 minute walk from Kowloon Park as well as the subway.
If you can stretch your budget there are plenty of moderate and high end luxury hotels you can book in Hong Kong here.

Would you visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong?

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16 Responses to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong

  1. Shannon Colman April 16, 2016 at 5:03 AM #

    Looks really interesting! I like that there is a rule against taking photos inside the temples – the constant noise would distract from the serenity. Are the statues all made of real gold?!

    • Alouise June 12, 2016 at 12:19 AM #

      I’ll admit I kind of wish I could have taken photos inside, but it definitely made it a lot more peaceful without the photos. I don’t believe the statues are made of a real gold, at least not completely.

  2. Ryan Biddulph April 18, 2016 at 1:43 PM #

    Hi Alouise,

    Not heard of this spot.

    Way cool facial expressions on these chaps too.

    Off the beaten path or flat out underpromoted spots seem to work nicely for me.

    Those throngs of loud tourists need to be avoided to enjoy these experiences.

    Signing off from sunny NJ.


    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

      Hey Ryan thanks for the comment. I don’t mind checking out the tourist spots now and then too, but it was nice to come here where it was a little quieter and definitely more local.

  3. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren May 7, 2016 at 7:39 PM #

    I love visiting places that are off the main tourist trail! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:49 AM #

      Those hidden spots can be the best. Thanks for the comment.

  4. christine May 7, 2016 at 8:52 PM #

    Thats a lot of buddhas!! i love visiting places like this, they are so unique!

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:50 AM #

      i did try to count them all but, there were too many 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  5. anna May 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM #

    Oh wow! My sister lives in HK and I haven’t heard of this place-neither has she! Will send this to her to check out. Thanks

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:50 AM #

      Hope your sister is able to check out this place. It’s pretty neat.

  6. Bernard Tan May 10, 2016 at 6:44 AM #

    This is so interesting! I have been to Hk but never seen this!

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:51 AM #

      Definitely something to check out on your next trip to HK. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Priya May 10, 2016 at 9:06 AM #

    What a great spot, that’s a lot of unique Buddha statues. Pinning it for a future trip to HK!

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:52 AM #

      Glad I could give you some inspiration for your future trip to HK. This spot is worth searching out if you have the time. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Annika June 12, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

    I didn’t know that there’s a Buddha monastery in Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to visiting the place soon. Base on the pictures every Buddha is unique.

    • Alouise June 19, 2016 at 1:54 AM #

      I do believe each of the statues are unique – at least I didn’t find any duplicates. Hope you enjoy Hong Kong.

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