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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze), Hong Kong

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Discover a hidden oasis filled with masterful artworks at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze). While not technically a monastery, this hilltop complex retains all the architectural features of a Buddhist monastery and radiates meditative atmosphere. Its best-known features remain its statues of Buddha--over 12,000 of them, with no two exactly the same. A hillside path lined with some of the statues lead you up to the monastery, where you can admire the rest of the collection. Rest and rejuvenate at the hilltop cafe, which serves drinks and snacks. Plan your visit to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hong Kong trip itinerary planner.
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  • At the end of a lane you're in front of fences. Dare to go further. For 200 metres of slope you discover hundreds of statues, gold representing Buddhas of positions sometimes strange, sometimes hilarious. It's hard but great. Upstairs, the monastery offers a haven of peace. Down the other side you can see the monkey in freedom. And go through a surprising village
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  • A fun walk up the mountain past at least 10,000 buddhas! I would not recommend going late afternoon though if you are not a fan of monkeys. They come out in full force at dusk, so if you are coming do...  more »
  • There are more than 10,000. I think one of the signs tells you how many, but it's a BUNCH. This is for those who like to walk. My son and I were amazed and very pleased. It's convenient and inexpensiv...  more »
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  • It can be a unique and interesting experience with all the golden statutes along the 430 uphill steps (although quite gentle, it can be a challenge in hot and humidity summer) all the way to the monastery (comprised of 5 temples, 2 pavilions, one hall and a pagoda). Personally I'd not recommend if you're only staying in the city for a short time. Other reviews tell it most. Here only supplement a few information that might not be very easy to find in English: 1. The statues along the stairs leading to the monastery. They are the 500 Arahats (五百羅漢), built during year 2000 - 2002. 2. The "true body" of venerable Yuek Kai(月溪法師). Master Yuek Kai was the first abbot in the monastery. He had profound knowledge of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. He also spoke English and French, and studied philosophy of the western culture. In 1938, the well traveled monk came to live in Sha Tin, and started to build the monastery. On April 24, 1965, the 87-year-old master Yuek Kai felt that his time on this earthly world was up, and asked his students that after he died, to keep his body in a niche and burry for eight months. At 8pm the same day, the master passed away in a sitting position like he was in meditation. When his obedient students re-opened the niche eight months later, it was said that the body shone in golden brown colour, with a clear face and beard, remained in a peaceful sitting position. His students then covered the body with paint and gold before placing it in the centre of the hall. This "true body", without preserved by any medical process, is still intact in a glass case in the monastery now through decades of humid subtropical weather in Hong Kong. 3. The Ten-thousand Buddhas pagoda (萬佛塔). The picture of the Pagoda was once printed on the Hong Kong one-hundred-dollar bill issued from HSBC during 1985 - 2002.
  • You'll never see anything like this again, no matter where you travel. The 410 steps to the monastery (I counted) are fairly gentle but it's still a LOT of steps. So only attempt it if you're in reasonable shape.
  • Came here with my wive's family to pay respect to passed elders. Very interesting and cultural experience.
  • Personally found it underwhelming, but still interesting and worth seeing if you're in HK for a while. I would recommend other sights before this one. The walk up is somewhat taxing in hot weather, so bring extra water. Look for directions there as the path is not as obvious as you might think.
  • There's 2 paths to get to the monastery. Choose the better one, which is lined with Buddhas, by going down the road in between the government building and Grand Central,Plaza. At the end turn left and the ascent begins. If you're not fit, either don't bother or you'll be resting at the stops on the way up. This is a religious site to offer prayers etc., but for a tourist it's ornate and interesting enough to explore. There's a cafe serving drinks and vegetarian food and you can give donations to the temple, and buy incense sticks if you want to. I'd recommend it.