Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, Hong Kong
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The massive Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery boasts an exhibit hall for Buddhist relics, a meditation hall, a shrine, an abbot's chamber, and a scripture library. The monastery's biggest attraction, the impressive "Hall of the Ten Thousand Buddhas" attracts tourists with its impressive exterior adorned with minute carvings and reliefs. The interior of the hall is also lavishly decorated, and the colorfully painted ceilings particularly stand out. Climb to the top of the structure for panoramic views of the main courtyard and a Buddha statue. Run by monks, the monastery's vegetarian restaurant serves dishes made using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Put Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hong Kong travel itinerary maker.
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A must when in Hong Kong. The cable car gives the best views of the area and approach to the Buddha. We did the boat trip and saw Pink Dolphins! Lovely little shops around the Monastery. Wonderful vie... read more »
Take the time to walk through at a leisurely pace. A whole lot to see. Vast temples and the smell of incense everywhere.
The hike wasn't the easiest, but it was definitely worth it! This is such a beautiful and magical place to visit. As my siblings and I were hiking up the steps, we see people praying step by step up t... read more »
Lewis Lexter Yap
1st of all make sure you come here early in the morning, during opening hours to beat the line, or else you have to fall in line starting from the walk way going up the ticket booth (its long seriously). I think you can go sight seeing here for a whole day if you opt to see other attractions around Lantau island. If not maybe 2 to 3 hours is enough just to ride the cable car and see the big buddha statue. I recommend you at least take one crystal cabin going up or going down just so you can see the marvelous terrain of Lantau Island. For the monestary part, I counted the steps going up the big buddha, its a total of 250 steps. Once you arrive the top you will see the whole monastary and the surroung mountains. The monastery is actually working, you can see buddhist buying incense, paper money and make offerings. If its sunny, and you don't want to get dark, bring a umbrella or else you be scorched by the sun light.
The monastery has been well kept and cleanly maintained. We truly appreciated the lesson prior to our slip. This monastery is rich with very colorful manifestations of Buddhist iconography. It also has a restaurant inside the campus that serves tasty vegetarian food.
A very beautiful monastery with one of the most amazing places to burn some incense. I've never seen anything like it at other places. It's a very well maintained monastery with gorgeous views and is very calming.
From the lush gardens to the intricate wood carving and paintings as well as the gold and brass filigree this place must not be missed. The worship halls have to been seen to be believed especially considering photography is not allowed. Between here and the Tian Tan Budda Lantau and Ngong Ping are a must visit on any trip to Hong Kong.
Po Lin is a huge Buddhist monastery and temple complex that was built in 1924. Today it seems more of a tourist honeypot than a religious retreat, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and still being expanded. Most of the buildings you'll see on arrival are new, with the older, simpler ones tucked away behind them.
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