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“I don't usually care for monasteries - I love Ten Thousand Buddhas!”

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Hong Kong 10,000...
Ranked #25 of 845 things to do in Hong Kong
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is located in Sha tin, north of Kowloon. Take the MTR to Sha Tin Station (light blue line). Follow the exit signs out of the station. As soon as you're out near the bus area, you'll see the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery signs. It is a short easy walk to the trail up to the Monastery. The trail isn't so short or easy. It isn't that long either... it is just steep. That said, it is nothing most folks can't handle and I'd recommend you just go at your own pace. The entire trail up to the monastery is lined on both sides with life-sized golden statues, each one different and representing a particular monk. There are 500 total! At the top of the trail are various monastery complexes, each one beautiful in their own rite. The preserved corpse of monastery founder Yuet Kai is also in one of the monastery buildings. There is a gift shop and drinks and snacks are available at the top. The place is incredibly beautiful and very peaceful. Monkeys can be seen along the trail up and around the perimeter of the monastery (they are kept off of the grounds). We spotted an albino macaque that just hung around us until we left and one of the lay caretakers chased it away. This is by far, the favorite of the temples I have visited in Hong Kong.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Located in Sha Tin (New Territories), this sprawling ‘monastery’ (no monks live here, so their term is used figuratively) is full of fascinating and exquisite architecture. There are numerous buildings (shrines, halls, temples) set atop a multi-level complex. The walk up, passing thousands of images/statues of Buddha is amazing. It is steep in places and when hot and humid can be downright grueling (there are benches along the way to sit and rest). The views from the top overlooking Sha Tin and the nearby mountains are breathtaking. There are several macaques that roam the complex - I recommend staying away and watching your food, personal belongings and small children. A separate pathway (not lined with Buddha statues) leads back down from the monastery passing through rural ‘urban’ hillside neighborhoods and pleasant woodlands.

1  Thank backpacker31
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Awesome place if you take the trouble to find it. Makes for great photo opportunities but do take your time as you climb and carry with you a bottle of water (we saw some people giving up and turning back) but it is worth it if you stick at it.

The best way to find the place is to take exit B at Sha Tin MTR and turn left. Keep left along the ramp until you see Pai Tau village with traditional looking houses.
Turn left at Pai Tau street and then right on Sheung Wo Che street. There are no signs to direct you to the monastery and at the end of the road you will see a landing bay on the left and a car park on the right. The entrance is straight ahead through the woods / hills. It will look like you are in the wrong place but this is the entrance of the monasteries.

We had great fun seeing the monk statues along the way (for me this was more fun than the actual monastery itself) there’s different tiers to the monastery so when you think it’s over... there’s more.

We saw monkeys on the top as well and the view from above to the concrete jungle mingling with the actual jungle is quite something.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

4  Thank oneluckytraveller
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We decided rather last minute to go to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery after reading about it online. It took us approximately 25 minutes from Causeway Bay on the MTR. It looks like they are investing some money in tidying this place up as works are happening. I still think it is worth the trip. Please note there are a lot of steps to the top so it's important that you are able to do 20 minutes worth of step climbing to get the to Monastery.

2  Thank AmesB1993
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Hidden away up a big hill and a short distance from the train station. A lot of steps. Very impressive with many statues and great photo opportunities. I’ve visited twice and the second visit was just as great. My teenagers loved it. Good city views from the top. A lot to look at! Snacks and drinks available too.

1  Thank seanb936
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