Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong
At first, the Buddhist temple was built by three monks and was originally called Da Mao Peng. However, in 1924, it was renamed Baolian Temple. About 70 years later, Baolian Temple became one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in Hong Kong.
English Name: Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong
Type: Hong Kong Scenic Area, Hong Kong famous spots & Hong Kong attractions
Best Time: All Year Around
Recommended Visiting Hours: 2-3 hours
Why is Po Lin Monastery so Special?
In order to protect the giant Buddha, scientific and technological facilities are adopted inside the temple of heaven Buddha to prevent the Buddha from lightning strike, typhoon, cold and heat effects and sea breeze and salt fog erosion. the design and construction are a combination of ancient culture and modern art, combining traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology. Designed and produced by China’s Ministry of Space Science and Technology, the image, with a total height of nearly 34 meters, is a combination of religious art and cutting-edge science and technology. On the third floor of the base of the giant Buddha, there are exhibition halls, etc. inside, there is a big clock with carved statues of Buddha and scriptures, etc. The clock is controlled by a computer and is knocked every seven minutes for 108 times to “relieve 108 kinds of troubles”.
Where is Po Lin Monastery?
The Po Lin Monastery is located in Ngong Ping on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.
Main Attraction of Po Lin Monastery
Main Halls of Po Lin Monastery
Baolian Temple consists of Great Bear Hall, Maitreya Hall, Tizeng Bodhisattva Hall, Wei Tuo Hall, Banruo Hall, Sutra Hall and other impressive buildings. For example, in the Great Bear Hall, there are three Buddha statues-Sakyamuni, Di Pankalla and Maitreya. There is a bronze statue of Tizeng Bodhisattva in the hall of Tizeng Bodhisattva, weighing about 200 kilograms (441 pounds). There is also a 1000 kg bronze clock.
Tian Tan Big Buddha
The Temple of Heaven Buddha in Baolian Temple is located at the peak of Muyu Mountain, perhaps the most famous. It depicts Sakyamuni sitting on the lotus pedestal meditating. The Buddha covers an area of 2,339 square meters (2,797 square yards) and has a base height of 34 meters (112 feet). It is the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world.
Three Exhibition Halls in the Buddha’s Pedestal
The base consists of three exhibition halls. It includes the palace hall, the dharmadhatu hall and sakyamuni memorial hall. The Dharmadhatu Hall displays a wooden book that records about 160 Bodhisattvas gathered to discuss Buddhist scriptures. In the palace hall there is a statue of bodhisattva tizeng, standing on the lotus throne with a walking stick. Sakyamuni Memorial Hall consecrates Sakyamuni’s relics because it was received from Sri Lanka in 1992. There is also a clock in the exhibition hall engraved with Buddha statues and Buddhist scriptures. It rings every seven minutes, 108 times a day. In myth, it is said that the power of clock can “cure” 108 kinds of people’s troubles.
Buddhist Relics Exhibition
Buddhist cultural relics exhibitions are regularly held in Baolian Temple. Many precious Buddhist relics, including the “Dragon Sutra” and the “Buddhist Sutra of Huayan Monk” (a painting), are displayed there. Buddhists from all over the world can visit there.
Best Time to Travel Po Lin Monastery
If you travel to Hong Kong, the best travel time is from October to November every year.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. Hong Kong has a relatively high annual average temperature of 22.8 degrees. The weather is easily affected by monsoon and has four distinct seasons. To travel to Hong Kong, you can wear a thin coat or sweater in spring. Summer is hot and humid, sometimes there will be showers and thunderstorms, bring some short shirts and cotton dresses, and also prepare coats and rain gear. Autumn is sunny and suitable for wearing shirts, sweaters and light coats. Winter is dry and slightly cold. Suits, thin sweaters and overcoats are more suitable.
How to Get There
- Take New Lantao Bus No.23 or 1R from Tung Chung Town Centre to Ngong Ping.
Note: Bus 1R is only available on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- Take a ferry at the Central Pier No.6 to Mui Wo on the Lantau Island, and then take the New Lantao Bus No.2 at the Mui Wo Bus Station to Ngong Ping.
- Take Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung station and then take Ngong Ping 360 cable car to get there.
Useful Travel Tips
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- Temple Street Night Market
- Lan Kwai Fong/SoHo
- Golden Bauhinia Square
- Lantau Island — Ngong Ping
- Po Lin Monastery
- Happy Valley Racecourse
- Star Ferry
- Symphony of Lights
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