Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Attraction Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China Published on: 02-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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3.22 USD

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Po Lin Monastery located on Ngong Ping Plateau is founded in 1906 by three monks. It’s a nice peaceful break in Hong Kong.

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Why Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery is special ?

The main distinctive features of this Buddhist temple are the Po Lin Monastery itself that is very active and serves delicious vegetarian meals in big portions, the very large Tian Tan Buddha that was constructed of bronze plates with an internal steel supporting framework and sat on a hill, and the Ngong Ping plateau that is about 520 meters(1,706 feet)high from which people can see good views of the island. It is near Lantau Peak and hiking trails if you want to do some hiking, and it is one of Hong Kong's most popular Buddhist temples.

Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha are both on a plateau called Ngong Ping. The Tian Tan Buddha is 34 meters tall (about 37 yards) and sits on a base on a hill. It is one of the biggest sitting bronze Buddhist statues in the world. The statue faces north-east towards Beijing.

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What to explore at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery?

The monastery has one of the biggest bronze statues of Buddha in a sitting position in the world.

There is a footpath called Wisdom Path for those who want to chant the Heart Sutra in Chinese.

The monastery is a large and active Buddhist monastery.

The vegetarian meals are delicious.

If you wish to do some hiking, you can follow the Wisdom Path to the start of a trail that goes up to the top of the 2nd highest mountain in Hong Kong.

There is a stairway with about 260 steps up to the top of the hill. To reach the Ngong Ping plateau, you can take a tram. There are three kinds of tram cars to choose from. Tourists generally think that the glass-bottomed one is the best choice for the price since people can bypass long lines of Chinese tourists and the view is better

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How to get to Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery?

Most visitors enter Lantau by ferry from Central to Mui Wo or by road or rail to Tung Chung, the new town that developed concurrently with Hong Kong International Airport on the adjoining Chek Lap Kok Island.

Buses: New Lantau Bus Company provides the following buses to Ngong Ping from Mui Wo ferry pier (Bus 2), Tung Chung (Bus 23), and Tai O (Bus 21). New Lantau Bus Company's buses to Ngong Ping and the Buddha from Tung Chung run from the bus station behind the Citygate shopping centre on Tat Tung Road.

The bus station is also next to the escalator leading to a footbridge and the Ngong Ping 360 cable car which is another way of getting to Ngong Ping and is a tourist attraction itself.

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Selling points

  • Great look inside a monastery
  • Beautiful temple, good hiking
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Interesting stop on a tour
  • Soul Cleansing
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  • Located a ten minute walk from the Ngong Ping Village
  • It is a nice place to stroll around and get away from the crowds in the village.
  • Go to the nearby Ngong Ping Village that is a theme park with tea houses, entertainment, shops and Buddhist attractions.
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  • The other main destinations on the island include Hong Kong Disneyland and Tai O.
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Get the entrance ticket to the Big Buddha and have the included vegetarian lunch at the monetary.

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Here's the looming Giant Buddha sits atop Ngong Ping plateau

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Map of the area

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I went to Po Lin Monastery ( 寶蓮禪寺 ) in 9/30 2009. If you are interested in veggie foods, do not forget to try Buddhist cuisine at the vegetarian restaurant! See the link for the lunch set dishes !!

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donate $28 before walking up to Giant Buddha and you'll get coupon for veggie food in Po Lin temple. Let's try :)

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Very nice secluded monastery with decent architecture and a peaceful atmosphere. There isn't much to see but the complex designs on the outside of the buildings are beautiful and the inside of the biggest hall is an explosion of colour. There are many animals roaming around outside.Because this is so close to the "big Buddha" (a must see sight in its own right) you can easily do both in a few hours. I would recommend going if in the area.

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Lovely colors and the ambience is pure zen.Had vegetarian lunch here as part of the Tour of Tian Tan Buddha, was filling and satisfactory.You must take some shots of the Monastery and its adjacent areas from atop the Tian Tan Buddha.

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We visited this monastery on our way to the vegetarian restaurant from Big Buddha. It is a very beautiful place and brings you a very clam feeling.Colorful and complex roof structure of the buildings is amazing. Outside you can see very large incense sticks lit and offered to Buddha. Saw many locals worshiping here.This must be visited if you come to see the Big Buddha. It is about 3 minutes walk to your right from the steps down from Big Buddha.

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Get the entrance ticket to the Big Buddha and have the included vegetarian lunch at the monetary

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First thing is getting there. There are really three choices. Taxi, Bus, or Cable Car. The bus is a set schedule and was not timely for me. The Cable car requires advanced reservations or a LONG wait if you want to use it as a round trip. I chose a taxi to get there, and then a one way cable car to get back. The taxi was 200 HKD (about $25 US) and the one way cable car was 165 HKD. I chose to arrive there before the 8:00am opening and had the place to myself to explore with out the crowds that come on the cable cars and buses. There are plenty of walks to talk from simple paths to hikes though the trees. The buddha statue is here as well but it opens at 10:00. This was the second Buddhist monastery that i have visited, the other was in Narita City, Japan. The ground around Po Lin did not measure up to the in Narita. Trash could be seen off the trails, sidewalk and paths were not well kept. The "tea houses" that I read about looked horrible.

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