Po Lin Monastery has taken 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, ... More
Po Lin Monastery has taken 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth. The Big Buddha statue is now a major landmark in Hong Kong. One of the main attractions of this Buddha is its 268 steps circling the platform where the Buddha sits. The statue is designed to mimic Sui and Tang Dynasty-era sculptures, when Buddhism was at its prime.
The Big Buddha was one of the most amazing things I saw in Hong Kong. After the lengthy MTR ride to Lantau Island, you need to take a bus to the Buddha, a trip that lasts about 45 minutes, but provides an exciting bus ride through steep mountains! The Buddha itself is impressive, sitting on top of a peak with access via a (very) long stair case. While seeing the Buddha is worthwhile, the inside (which they call a gallery or museum) is fairly mundane, I think you can skip it.
One thing you MUST do is hike back down from the Buddha to the MTR station. Its about 3-hours, but provides incredible views that look like they're from another planet. The trail (well marked and maintained, look for signs for 'fun walk') passes through several monasteries and small villages. Well worth the time and energy! If you're in HK, GO SEE THE BUDDHA!
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