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. It doesn’t help that I often get lost, so I didn’t locate this monastery right away. I got confused and wandered 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 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 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 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse. This is an excellent option for budget travellers to Hong Kong, and it’s 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.