Shatin Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Located in Shatin, New territories, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is one of the important religious sites in Hong Kong. However it is not an actual monastery as there are no resident monks and is managed by laypersons.

To reach the monastery you must first climb over 400 steps up the hill, this 500 meter long path is lined with life-size golden plastic statues of Buddhas in poses ranging from serene to outrageous.

The The Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a rather garish but enjoyable modern temple dating from the 1950s in fact contains no less than 12,800 Buddhas lining the walls of the main hall.

There’s also a nine-story pagoda and some smaller temples above the main complex.

Main attraction of the monastery is the preserved body of founder Venerable Yuet Kai, enclosed in a glass case located in the main hall.

Get to the top of the monastery, and you can see the nearby Amah Rock on a clear day in the southwest direction.

On the way down, one can take the other exit which is through village houses and ends up near the Pau Tau village which itself is worth a gaze.

Open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Vegetarian restaurant open 10-30am to 4pm or 5pm, closed Thursdays

Stay Away From

Do not mistake Po Fook Memorial (small white building and covered steps up the hill) for the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

Do not give donations to men dressed like monks outside the entrances. They are FAKES! If you want to make a donation, do it inside the monastery

Prepare water for a long walk up the 400+ steps, especially on a hot day

How to Get to

Located mid-way up a hill within walking distance from the MTR East Rail Line Sha Tin Station. The walk, including climbing up some 400 steps, takes about 25 minutes.

Exit B Sha Tin MTR station,
walk down the pedestrian ramp
first left onto Pai Tau Street.
Keep to the right-hand side of the road
follow it around to the gate where the signposted path starts
10-15 minutes walk of 400+ Steps

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