Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong
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When I travel I like to find one place, one activity or show that I really want to check out. While there was a lot I was interested in seeing while I was in Hong Kong, my one must do was visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
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 more of a local spot and isn’t promoted with the local tourism board, so it can be a bit tricky to find. I didn’t locate this monastery right away; to be fair I get lost pretty easily. I wandered around the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls for a few minutes before I realized I was in the wrong place. Eventually, I got to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, and it 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 are 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 pretty natural looking. Others are more ornate. It’s pretty cool to see. Here are some photos I took.
When you get to the top, you see the temples with even more Buddhas. There are some larger 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 because the temples were quite beautiful 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.
Things To Know
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (the website is 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 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse. This is a great option for budget travellers to Hong Kong, and is only a two-minute walk from Kowloon Park and the MTR (subway). If you can stretch your budget, there are plenty of moderate and high-end luxury hotels in Hong Kong you can book here.
Would you visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery?
16 thoughts on “Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong”
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?!
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.
I love visiting places that are off the main tourist trail! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thats a lot of buddhas!! i love visiting places like this, they are so unique!
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
This is so interesting! I have been to Hk but never seen this!
What a great spot, that’s a lot of unique Buddha statues. Pinning it for a future trip to HK!
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.
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.
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.
Those hidden spots can be the best. Thanks for the comment.
i did try to count them all but, there were too many 🙂 Thanks for the comment.
Hope your sister is able to check out this place. It’s pretty neat.
Definitely something to check out on your next trip to HK. Thanks for the comment.
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.
I do believe each of the statues are unique – at least I didn’t find any duplicates. Hope you enjoy Hong Kong.