Po Lin Monastery
Besides as the must-go destination for prayers, Po Lin Monastery is also a top destination for tourists to experience the natural and cultural side of Hong Kong.
The Monastery was initially a small temple constructed by three buddhists in 1924. Over the years, more structures have been added, such as the big temple (Picture below) and the world's largest Big Buddha. Also, it is situated on a mountainous area of Lantau Island. As such it becomes one of the top must-go destinations for visitors to Hong Kong.
This statue is the world's largest Buddha statue, by using bronze, it's 34 metres tall and weighs 250 tonnes, empowered in December 1993.
It costs nothing to reach the Big Buddha, however, one has to purchase a vegetarian coupon for entry into the 3 levels exhibition hall beneath the Big Buddha. During some major Chinese holidays this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. A word of advice –start Hong Kong hotel booking early if you plan to visit Hong Kong during holiday season especially around the Chinese new year week.
Hong Kong Travel Info:
- Address: Lantua Island, Ngong Ping
- Monastery Opening Hours: 09:00 to 18:00
- Big Buddha Opening Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
- Vegetarian Meals Serving Hours: 11:30 to 17:00
- Enquiries: (852)2985 5248
- By travelling on the cable car "Ngong Ping 360", it takes only 25 minutes to travel from MTR Tung Chung Station to Po Lin Monastery. It is the fastest and most convenient way to see the Big Buddha.
- Take the MTR Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung Station (Hong Kong Station to Tung Chung Station requires approximately 35 minutes), then take New Lantau Bus No. 23 to Ngong Ping (approximately 50 minutes)
- From Central Pier No. 6 (near Central's Star Ferry Pier or MTR's Hong Kong Station), catch a ferry to Lantau Island's Mui Wo (Fast Ferry takes 40 minutes, Normal Ferry takes 60 minutes). At Mui Wo, take New Lantau Bus No. 2 to Ngong Ping (approximately 50 minutes)
- Website: Po Lin Monastery
Website: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
Website: New World First Ferry
Website: New Lantao Bus