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“Temple AND exercise ”

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
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US$98.17*
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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 11 September 2018 via mobile

This is not a “must” in HK, but nevertheless an enjoyable experience

+ no tourists
+ good exercice to walk up the steps, although slowly, whilst looking at all the different Buddhas
+ free, although you can donate money in different boxes
+ feels genuine
+ you can buy soft drinks at the top

- can be a bit difficult to find the path. We first ended up in the nearby graveyard, but realised we were in the wrong place, so changed direction.

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

You'd think, surly not ten thousand Buddhas in this hall, but there would be if you could count them all. In the intricately decorated hall, full of colour and gold, there are thousands of Buddha statues in a few different sizes. You are not allowed to take photos inside the temples, and if you are not Buddhist, you should not go passed the doorway. So be respectful as people do go up to these temples and say their prayers. Worth a trip up on the cable car.

1  Thank KatDeg
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

I visited the ten thousand Buddha monastery with my sister past April. When exiting the station we walked towards the shopping mall (you can see it from the station) which is a five minute walk away. From there we had to ask how to get to the entrance of the monastery as it wasn’t immediately apparent from google maps. The entrance is in fact at the back of the shopping mall. It’s one of those situations where, while walking around the shopping mall towards the back, you sort of feel you must be in the wrong place. But actually, it’s the right place.

Suffices to say that the entrance doesn’t look like much, however, once you’re on your way up things start looking more interesting. I found the hike pretty easy, I don’t think it is as intense as people make it sound. Anyone fit enough to walk can get up to the temple, just wear comfortable shoes. The walk up will take about 30 minutes if you take your time to look around.

During the walk one is flanked on both sides by large golden human-sized Buddha statues. It was pretty impressive to see the amount of Buddhas and it was quite entertaining to see all of their different facial expressions. Once inside the temple it became clear how there are ten thousand Buddhas: the temple was filled with mini Buddha statues, as opposed to the big ones outside. I guess it still counts, but nonetheless that was a bit of a disappointment. I felt deceived for some reason.

So, the walk was definitely more of an experience in my opinion than the temple itself. As they say - it's not the destination that matters most, it's the journey there. Also, there weren't many people visiting the temple at that time (we went at 1.30pm on a Wednesday) which made this a very relaxing outing. I would suggest to visit this sight if you have time, especially if you like to mix a cultural activity with a bit of exercise.

1  Thank AnnahDionisio
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

Well worth the climb even on a very hot humid day, bring water and if you ran out you do have a little cafe on the very top where you can get something to drink and eat. It was fascinating to see golden statues in different poses and room filled with thousand tiny Buddhas

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Reviewed 4 September 2018

Stunning place - take your time, relax and enjoy it. Very different. We were lucky with great weather on our stay which showed off the sights to their best.

1  Thank EimearQ8888
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