The Monastery of the 10.000 Buddha's
"500 human size figures are welcoming you."
My girlfriend told me about this place, close to her Sunday gathering place in the plaza of Shatin and my curiosity was build and this place is also listed in the Hong Kong must see lists. So we took the train towards Shatin to walk towards the Monastery.
The Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple, is located on the hillside of Pai Tau Tsuen near the Shatin KCR station. You can clearly see the red pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple, from the Shatin KCR station.
This famous Buddhist monastery was completed in 1957 by Reverend Yuet Kai. He got this private land and first he wanted to build a Buddhist college on the site. But some one objected to this plan and that was the start of the building of this Monestary in 1951.
At the entrance you see a lot of golden human size statues. These guide you uphill towards the monastery. There are 500 different statues lined up next to the walking path. The Ten Thousand Buddha's monastery has in total five temples, two pavilions, one hall and one pagoda. The complex is about 8 hectares big.
In the main building, the Ten Thousand Buddha's Temple contains 12800 small Buddha images. If you want they can light a small light for you at one of the Buddha's for good luck and prayers.
This Monastery is worth while the visit. When I came at the entrance, my first impression at the entrance was a whaaaww this is impressive and the further you go up towards the main temple, you feel the grandness of this temple. When the sun is shining you are sweating when you reach the main temple, but on that square you can see again many sculptures and different figures. And you can walk further to a upper level where you can see again other different kind of sculptures.
And did you know that the nine story pagoda, can be found also printed on the HK$100 note, have a look when you get that bill in your hand.
The Monastery of the 10.000 Buddha's (1)
We took the Metro in Tsim Sha Tsui towards Kowloon Tong and there we stepped on the train (KCR) towards Shatin where we met the girlfriends of Imelda before we went to the Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery.
At the entrance you see a lot of golden human size statues. These guide you uphill towards the monastery. There are 500 different statues lined up next to the walking path.
Every where you look, these statues are around you. I wonder how many people they saw walking on these steps.
Here you see Roel and Steven almost a the top, yes almost a few bends and steps and they are at the second level of the Monastery.
Each statue that I see is different and I wonder what they are meaning. I looked it up on the internet and it seems that these are part of the 500 Arhans delivered in 2002.
"Who's belly is thickest?"
My Sweetie is wondering who's belly is thicker, mine of the statues, until now we don't know the answer, if you know let me know.
"At last we are there"
If you see this photo you can imagine that it was hot that they and that we were sweating a lot to reach to level of the temple. Rhea, Imelda and me are here at least.
Read further in the next travelogue.
Sha Tin Walk
Sha Tin's historic roots go back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) when it was the best known amongst 50 villages within "Lek Yuen", an area famous for its fertility and incense production. Today, it is a bustling suburban area in the New Territories measuring about 6,600 hectares and home to 584,000 people.
Take the MTR to the Kowloon Tong Station where you interchange for the KCR train. Get off at Tai Wai Station and follow signs to the first stop of the walk - Che Kung Temple.
The walk concludes with a final stop at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, whose walls in the main hall are lined with 12,800 Buddha statues donated by devout worshippers.
Duration Approximately 5 hours.
1. Che Kung Temple
2. Tsang Tai Uk
3. Hong Kong Heritage Museum
4. New Town Plaza - Snoopy World
5. Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
"Che Kung Temple"
On this walk, you will see Che Kung Temple, dedicated to a deeply respected Sung Dynasty general who suppressed a rebellion in South China and was believed to have stemmed an outbreak of the plague in Sha Tin.
The Che Kung Temple is the most famous temple in Sha Tin. The worshipped Che Kung (The revered Mr. Che) is said the Generalissimo Che in the Song Dynasty. It is alleged that in the last period of that dynasty, there occurred a plague and many people died as a result of it. Inhabitants of the local Jiu Yue village carried on poles the image of Che Kung, Who was offered the high post of generalissimo for his laurel of putting down a rebellion and was worshipped as a deity after death, and toured in the area.
The plague was liquidated eventually. As a result, villagers constructed a temple and started worshiping the image.
There is a copper windmill inside the temple and it is said that good luck comes if one rotates the sails of the windmill after worshipping Che Kung. On the third day of January, lunar calendar every year, which was the birthday of Che Kung, townspeople crowd into here to pay homage to him with burning incense and rotate the sails of the copper windmill praying for good luck.
The original old temple is fenced out at the rear part of the new temple. But you can still able to see it thru the window.
"Tsang Tai Uk"
The fortified Hakka village of Tsang Tai Uk, or "Tsang's Big House", built in 1848, is the next stop on your tour. The three rows of granite, brick and timber houses were arranged to form a rectangle, all interlined by passages and courtyards, and include defensive towers at the four corners.
"Hong Kong Heritage Museum"
Witness a different type of culture at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the largest of its kind in Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese design and modern construction techniques are reflected in the five-storey building with Chinese-style roofs and the courtyard characterised by a central axis. Inside, various aspects of history, arts and culture are captured in different exhibition galleries including the Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall, Children's Discovery Gallery, T.T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and Hong Kong Gallery of Contemporary Art and Design.
"New Town Plaza - Snoopy World"
Adjacent to Hong Kong Heritage Museum is New Town Plaza, a large shopping mall which boasts Hong Kong's first and Asia's largest indoor computerised music fountain.
For the young and the young at heart, there is Snoopy World with Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang.
"Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery"
Get ready for one of the most rewarding climbs you're ever likely to make by visiting the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, whose walls in the main hall are lined with 12,800 Buddha statues donated by devout worshippers.
Link to my HongKong Travel 2002 Online Photo Album
Is best known for its fascinating temples, walled village, mountain trails and horseracing. This bustling district offers extensive shopping at New Town Plaza, as well as peaceful walks along the Shing Mun River. (Follow my Shatin Walk Travelogue for more details)
"Yuen Yuen Institute"
The large temple complex of the Yuen Yuen Institute is dedicated to Hong Kong's three major religions - Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Its circular main structure is a replica of Beijing's magnificent Temple of Heaven.
"Tai Fu Tai Mansion"
Situated at Wing Ping Tsuen of San Tin in Yuen Long. It was probably built in 1865.
The residence is a fine example of traditional Chinese dwelling of the scholar-gentry class.
The mansion can be reached by the following public transport:
Kowloon Motor Bus #76K (Sheung Shui - Yuen Long)
Maxicab #75 (Yuen Long - Ha Wan Tsuen)
Maxicab #76 (Yuen Long - Siu Hom Tsuen)