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Po Lin Monastery

  • Hong Kong, China

Last updated: 05 April, 2024

The century-old Po Lin monastery is the most famous centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and offers visitors an insight into the spiritual side of the city.

Two towering Pai Lau (entrance gates) mark the beginning of the complex, which comprises three halls, and many smaller buildings. Inside, the three main halls are vivid with ornate gold decorations and infused with the scent of incense. The Grand Hall of 10,000 Buddhas is a must-see; named for the thousands of glowing Buddhas in the vast main room.

The star attraction, though, is the 112ft-high bronze Buddha, seated meditatively upon a lotus base modelled on the ‘altar of heaven’. Weighing in at a staggering 250 tonnes, the statue is situated 268 steps above the main complex. There are wonderful views from the base of the Buddha across Lantau – Hong Kong’s largest and greenest island.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

A stunning cable car ride to Ngong Ping departs from Tung Chung, which is on the MTR line. Avoid queues by booking space on the cable car in advance online. Alternatively, you can catch a ferry from Central to Mui Wo, where bus 2 will go directly to the Po Lin Monastery.

Vegetarian monastery meals are included in the price of entry to the exhibition halls underneath the Buddha, or head for the authentic food stalls at the nearby picturesque stilted fishing village of Tai O.

A hiking trail from Tung Chung is available, though this is best done down the mountain. Tours offering a day trip to the different sights on Lantau can also be booked.

When to do it

The monastery is open all year, seven days a week. Weekdays are the best time to visit. The monastery can get very crowded with locals at weekends.

Who to go with: organised tours

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