Fancy an afternoon outdoors? Don't mind hiking 400+ steps? Then this is the Monastery for you! It's worth the climb.
|this pagoda is featured on the HKD $100 note - you can actually go inside this one!|
Founded in 1949, and taking 18 years to complete the buildings plus over 12,000 Buddha statues... sprawled over a large space in Sha Tin - the new territories.... but closer than you think. Accessible by MTR or a 35 minute taxi from our house on southside. (Though I hear it's difficult to find the entrance when walking from the MTR.)
500 Gilded life-size Arhan statues flank your steep climb uphill.
|for a girl who wants many babies... :) ha!|
No, we didn't see any monkeys - but we had our eyes peeled for them!
|Mommy! This one is REALLY tall!|
|worshippers in action (check out the extra long arm on the statue in the back)|
Inside the Main Building - there are over 12,000 mini buddha statues each with a different posture. They gleam from the shelves along the walls up to the high ceiling. It really is a sight to behold. This space held a still-but-electric feeling - one that makes you exhale and look around a bit.
|clandestine photo - no photos allowed inside|
Then - there are MORE steps! You can just keep following pathways. Lots to see here. Even a pool of swimming turtles!
|this guy is massive - carved into the mountainside|
|view of Sha Tin from high terrace|
|monks having a photo moment|
Despite a little mishap with a lit joss stick, the kids had a good day and were uber-happy. Totally do-able with children (we spent roughly 90 minutes) and an incredibly unique place.
Bunny Cakes now carries her "Buddha Baby" with her all the time. She even insists on sleeping with him most nights: