Hong Kong and its gorgeous places of worship
Here are several addresses for you to check out.
Big Buddha, or Tian Tan Buddha:
After arriving at Po Lin monastery, climb the 268 steps in order to reach this magnificent statue. The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha.
Located in the mountains of Lantau Island, the view there is breath-taking. Legend has it people can see the Buddha from as far as Macao on a clear day.
Next is the Man Mo temple. Located where Central and Sheung Wan meet, below Mid-Levels, this small temple offers beautiful sights.
The sunlight piercing through the décor is especially mesmerising. There are usually not too many people. This one is a safe bet if you want to enjoy a calm scenery within Hong Kong Island.
The God of Literature and the God of War are both honoured in the temple, along with Lord Bao, an officer who endeavoured to uphold justice during the reign of the Song Dynasty.
One of Hong Kong’s most famous Buddhist temples. Yet, many are surprised to discover that Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery isn’t actually a monastery and it doesn’t contain (just) 10,000 Buddhas.
No monks reside at this Sha Tin sanctuary. Rather, it is managed by volunteers. Built over two levels atop a bamboo forest hillside, the site features five halls, four pavilions, one verandah. But also a pagoda and over 13,000 Buddhas.
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery features Arhan statues, Sakyamuni Buddha, and the goddess of mercy Guanyin.
Founded by Buddhist monk Yuet Kai in the 1950s, the place was meant as a sanctuary for worship.
Fun fact: Yuet Kai’s body was embalmed after his death and is exhibited in a glass case inside the main hall of the monastery.
The next place is made up of a number of wooden buildings. It is one of the most stunning locations when it comes to temples in Hong Kong.
Chi Lin Nunnery is actually a large temple complex that is made up of a number of sacred buildings. Found in Diamond Hill, the site was originally created in 1934 as place of retreat for Buddhist nuns. But it was rebuilt in the 90s following Tang Dynasty architectural guidelines.
The temple halls themselves feature statues of various bodhisattvas, Guanyin (the Goddess of Mercy) and the Sakyamuni Buddha, each crafted from gold, clay, wood or stone.
Chi Lin Nunnery complex also includes a library, a pagoda and gorgeous gardens filled with lotus ponds – making it the perfect little oasis in the middle of the city.
One of the most fascinating temples in Hong Kong, Wong Tai Sin Temple is actually home to three religions: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
It commemorates a well-regarded monk – Wong Tai Sin – and features a portrait of the namesake inside the temple hall itself.
This temple is extremely popular among Hong Kong people. Indeed, it claims that those who worship there will have all their wishes come true.
The eye-catching exterior features a pair of bronze lions for protection and wealth. While inside, scriptures from all three religions are hanging on the walls.