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Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong

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Take in the representation of Buddhism through the unique architecture and design of Chi Lin Nunnery, a massive Buddhist complex. Enter through a series of gates, representing three important ideas in the faith: compassion, wisdom, and skillful means. Although originally built in the 1930s, the complex underwent a complete conversion into the Tang Dynasty style in 1998. The historical design dictates that the wooden frame construction be free of iron nails; instead, interlocking pieces of wood secure it. Explore the temple halls and notice the statues made of gold, clay, and wood, which represent important divinities like the Sakyamuni Buddha. You may also notice silent nuns giving offerings to Buddha. During your visit, remain respectful of this sacred place. To see more in the Tang style, combine your visit with a trip to the nearby Nan Lian Gardens. Use our Hong Kong trip generator to add Chi Lin Nunnery and other attractions to your Hong Kong vacation plans.
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  • We visited with our two grown up kids (20 and 22) and we all thought this place was quite special. Beautiful gardens surround the nunnery and it was a great place of tranquility surrounded by the madn...  more »
  • Beautiful Chinese temple garden Nanjing, Liang went on at all. Inside the forbidden selfies God forbid, a picture is taken. Very good atmosphere.
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  • I highly suggest checking the nunnery out, gets you outside the main city and is a beautiful peaceful place to reflect. Combine with the garden. Be aware people are praying so just be respectful! Make...  more »
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  • Regardless of it being a modern reconstruction, it's a working Buddhist monastery, and an impressive and interesting place to visit. The outer courtyard, where you can take photos, has nice fountains and bonsai trees - and HK skyscrapers in the background. In the inner courtyard are huge rooms with immense statues of Buddhas, elaborate decoration and immaculate offerings of fresh fruit. You can hear the nuns chanting prayers, and the smell of incense wafts through the air. It feels peaceful. Downstairs is a decent gift shop - but only really if you are interested in having Buddhist ornaments. Combine the visit with the adjacent Nan Lian Garden. I would also suggest to visit the Po Lin monastery at the base of the Giant Buddha - the Hall of 1000 Buddhas is beautiful and the sight of hundreds of incense sticks, some really enormous, smoking away into the sky, is something to be seen.
  • I really like this place. It is very nice place to visit and to wind yourself down. There are lots of information to guide you to have inner peace. Recommended.
  • Although it is not a piece of ancient architecture (who can find such amidst the convinence of a city!), it was meticulously designed according to Tong Dynasty's style. The head nun who initiated this project has refined taste and high expectation. There are hidden speakers playing ancient chinese zen music all over the garden. Rare to find elsewhere. Well worth a visit!!
  • The whole place is grandeur and tranquil. Truly unique architecture with extraordinary wood locking technique and the most beautiful and artistic Buddha statues that can be chased far back in history.
  • This peaceful and lovingly maintained nunnery and gardens are beautiful. Public bathrooms are available.There is good disabled access to most areas and wide paths. Can be easily reached a short 5 minute walk from the nearby MTR.