S1 from the airport and then the cable car. Highly recommend to book the cable car in advance. Also if you want to take the crystal car (cable car with glass bottom) recommend to reach here early to avoid long waits. Also recommend to not do this on a public holiday as it gets super crowded and you will have long queues.
Lots of restaurants and souvenir shops from the cable car stop /bus stop to the monastery and climb to the big Buddha.
There is an information center and a movie theater on the way.
The monastery has a very few steps and is totally awesome. Great decorations and beautiful statues.
Check out the vegetarian restaurant outside is the monastery. Option of regular vs deluxe lunch. It is kind of like dim sum. I'd you do get tú he mask here, Dave the receipt of it Olav to climb to the Buddha.
The 250+ stairs to the Buddha are steep but totally worth it. There is a small museum and you can use your lunch ticket here to save $45 or so for the entrance.
Expect lots of crowd and loud talking. Taking pictures of the Buddha or the monastery and the surrounding gets challenging either because the sun is not facing the direction to get good of pictures or the crowd is too much. But still can be managed.
It was sad to see such a place of devotion and tranquility disturbed by blatant commercialism and loud crowds.
Still absolutely worth visiting.
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