Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha is a giant outdoor bronze sitting Buddha statue on Ngong Ping Plateau of Lantau Island. It is one of the biggest sitting bronze Buddha statues in the world. The Buddha was built by Po Lin Monastery and its construction lasted for 12 years. This statue implied the hope of the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong and the peace of the world.

Tian Tan Buddha is an important landmark of Hong Kong and has attracted numerous disciples and tourists from home and abroad. The Buddha is not only an excellent construction project, but also a perfect representative of Buddhism statue art in modern times. It is sitting on top of 268 stone steps; the whole body is made of 202 copper sheets. Its base looks very much like that of the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan in Chinese) in Beijing, hence its name “Tian Tan”.

What to See/Do: The scenery here is nice. So you may take a long climb up to the top. Or you can choose to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping and tourists can see the Buddha on the skyrail. The nearby Ngong Ping village is actually a theme park with tea houses, entertainment, shops and Buddhist attractions. It is open about 10:00-6:00 every day.

Having a vegetarian meal at Po Lin Monastery, a few minutes’ walk from the Buddha can be a nice experience. The stunning Hall of 10,000 Golden Buddhas in this monastery should not be missed. If you are fond of hiking, the trail starting from the Wisdom Path and leading up to the top of the second highest mountain in Hong Kong is well worth checking out.

Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Admission: Free
Address: Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong, China.
Opening time: It is open between 10:00 and 17:30. Po Lin Monastery is open from 9:00 to 18:00.
Public transport: Take a ferry at Central to Lantau Island and then transfer to bus 2 to Po Lin Monastery.

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