Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Tsz 萬佛寺) in Sha Tin.
Visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is actually not on our itinerary. But when we met up with my auntie who works in Hong Kong, she recommended this place which is just a walking distance to her place. When I first heard of this I was immediately intrigued. Will I be able to see ten thousand Buddhas in one day? I really wanted to see them myself.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The monastery is nestled amid lush hills in Sha Tin, offering a serene and peaceful escape from the bustling city. It provides a calm and tranquil environment for meditation and reflection. The main temple, Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, is an architectural gem adorned with colorful tiles and intricate carvings. Its design and aesthetics are a sight to behold.
The monastery is renowned for its thousands of golden Buddha statues lining the path to the main temple. Each statue is distinct and unique, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle. It is also a bit of a challenge to reach because you need to climb a steep path with 431 steps.
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a significant religious and cultural site in Hong Kong. The monastery was founded in the 1950s and is associated with the charismatic Yuet Kai, who played a key role in its development. Exploring its history and the story of Yuet Kai adds depth to the visit. It provides insight into Buddhism and its practice, allowing visitors to appreciate the depth of the region’s spiritual heritage.
The ambiance of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is unlike any other place in Hong Kong. The sight of countless Buddha statues and the scent of burning incense create a unique atmosphere that is both awe-inspiring and contemplative. It’s an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with inner peace and mindfulness.
After our visit, we explored the nearby areas in Sha Tin and ate in a local restaurant.
How much does it cost to go to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery?
There is no admission fee.
How to get to Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery?
Thanks to my antie who served as our guide when we visited. To visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong, you can follow these directions:
LOCATION – 221 Pai Tau Village, Sha Tin, New Territories
OPENING HOURS – Monastery open 9am to 5pm daily. The monastery may close during heavy rain or when typhoon signal 8 or above is issued. Vegetarian Restaurant open 10-30am to 4pm or 5pm, closed Thursdays.
|By MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and Walking:|
MTR East Rail to Sha Tin Station.
From station exit B take the ramp alongside the bus terminus, down to street level, and past Pai Tau Village on the left.
Continue walking forward a short distance to the junction with Pai Tau Street on the left (the distinctive Grand Central Plaza mall which is the location of Homesquare and the IKEA store is directly opposite).
Behind this building is the very hidden start upwards to the monastery. This website has a great explanation (scroll down) complete with photos of what landmarks you should be looking for along the way.
You can also take a taxi directly to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Simply tell the driver you want to go to the “Man Fat Sze” (Ten Thousand Buddhas) Monastery in Sha Tin.
Note: The taxi option is the most convenient, while the bus and walking option offers a unique experience and the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding scenery and the path lined with Buddha statues.
Just a little heads up. There are signs posted warning you of fake monks posing in the area asking for money and telling you to call the police if it happens. The Hong Kong Buddhist Association says that genuine devotees are not allowed to beg in Hong Kong.
Overall, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is not just a tourist attraction; it’s a place to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism, appreciate the natural beauty of Hong Kong’s countryside, and find a sense of tranquility amidst the city’s vibrancy. It’s a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique cultural and spiritual experience in Hong Kong.
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