Chi Lin Nunnery, Hong Kong
Categories: Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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One of the highlights of our visit. Spectacular grounds in serene surroundings. Truly a peaceful environment.
A serene, quiet monastery with Buddhist statues(?) and places to pray. Not a huge monastery, but a great place to pair with the garden next door.
Another great relaxing destination. You can de-stress yourself here before heading to dinner or chill out after lunch.
Chi Lin Nunnery was really beautiful. The temple is an amazing construction feat where not a single nail was used, though that probably doesn't include doors. You can see the names of donors on the ceiling tiles if you try hard. The color scheme is very simple and much nicer to look at than modern day gaudy chinese temples. The rock displays are impressive as well as the poems they showcase with them. Buddhas and bodhisattvas on the grounds are all worthy of your attention and await your prayers. A retreat into calm amidst the busy city life.
One of the most beautiful and arrestingly built environments in Hong Kong, this large Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood (and not a single nail) in the style of the Tang dynasty in 1998. It is a serene place, with lotus ponds, immaculate bonsai tea plants and bougainvillea, and silent nuns delivering offerings of fruit and rice to Buddha and arhats (Buddhist disciples freed from the cycle of birth and death) or chanting behind intricately carved screens. The design (involving intricately interlocking sections of wood joined without a single nail) is intended to demonstrate the harmony of humans with nature. It’s pretty convincing – until you see the high-rises looming behind the complex.
Lewis Lexter Yap
As of october 5 , 2014 there is an ongoing renovation on the zen garden right next to chi lin nunnery. The nunnery is open until 5pm only so try to be there earlier. I think you can take great pictures during early mornings and late afternoons when the sun is not so bright. The place is a complete zen, you are lucky if there are only a few tourist, you will better enjoy the scenery and the serenity this place emits. This is a must see in hongkong a breakaway from the bustling noice of the city.
This nunnery is very newly-built, and essentially does nothing other than to demonstrate that someone felt a need to China-ise Hongkong after 1997. It is not worth visiting unless you (a) have no prior experience of these very new, but supposedly old-style, Chinese developments and (b) for some inexplicable reason find yourself wondering around Diamond Hill
Amazing setting. Incredible architecture and history. Serene atmosphere. One of the most incredible sites I've seen in Hong Kong. Worth taking time out to visit.
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