Many tourists from around the world head over to Lantau Island and take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to take a gander and climb up the Big Buddha. The lines can be long and with just one giant Buddha to go around, there isn’t much left see once you’ve taken in the entire monument. Well, if you want to see enough Buddha statues to last you a lifetime, then you should probably make your way to the New Territories where you can find the The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.
Despite the name: ‘Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery’, there are actually in fact 12,800 statues on the entire grounds. This includes the statues lining the path from its entrance down the bottom of the hill all the way up to the main temple at the top of the hill. As you climb, it’s easy notice that each of the figures take different poses and some even wield weapons or have pets. So, there will always be something interesting to see as you make your ascent.
And getting to the ‘temple’ is quite simple as its entrance lies just a 10-minute walk away from the Sha Tin MTR Station. Just follow the directions in this video and you’ll be sure to not get lost on your way to the entrance. Once there, you’re sure to meet some of the indigenous monkeys that live in Hong Kong. Be careful not to show them any food or water, or feed them as they have been known to attack passers-by for food.
And once at the top, do take your time to explore the grounds and enter the temple where smaller statues line the walls from the floor to the ceiling. It’s certainly a calming sight after having hiked all the way up. And once you’re done, be sure to walk down the back entrance where there’s a whole new set of statues to see.
Reminder: Stay hydrated!