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Fo Guang Shan Monastery

No.153, Xingtian Rd.,Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung 84010, Taiwan
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Ranked #3 of 87 attractions in Kaohsiung
Type: Religious Sites
Activities: Dining
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Spectacular sights and incredible ambience, this is the first time since I've been in Taiwan that I've truly felt like I was in Asia. The memorial hall is spectacular, especially up at the top- the big Buddha is breathtaking and the architecture is like something from an ancient civilisation or a fantasy epic. However, it is slightly more touristy than... More

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Wichita, KS
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The tone is set as you enter and see a Starbucks. Seriously, they've taken over the world. O, and let's not forget the 7-11 across from it. No worries, both are vegetarian. As you go through the gift shop, you will walk out onto a magnificent pagoda lined path that leads to a massive golden Buddha. The Buddha is apart... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you are in the Pingtung City or Kaohsiung district. You must take a look at this place. You need 3 or more hours. I'm not religious but the temple has plenty to see. Also in the area is E -DA World. A massive shopping mall hotels cinema. In the middle of now where.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It is not the most accessible place to visit via bus or taxi. But well worth the time spend for some peace and tranquility.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

have to switch a bus to go the hill area and walk up. to pray and make donation to various department.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is a must see if you are in the Kaohsiung area. It is the most peaceful place I've ever been to!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Peaceful and super wide. You could easily spend hours here enjoying the atmosphere. It's just that good. Worth the hours of patience riding with slow bus to be here. For those with budget should consider a taxi

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Mermaid Waters, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Have a tour around and pay respects to the Buddha. Unfortunately it is not a place you can go and visit easily as the location is very far away from ordinary traffic from Kaohsiung

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Walking in and around the Fo Guang Shan Monastery is simply fascinating. The "museum" and grounds are spectacular and offer the viewer a full history of Buddhism with actual relics that go back centuries. Visitors come from around the world and all would say this is truly a must see side trip when visiting in southern Taiwan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Both the Monastery and Memorial Centre are worthwhile if you enjoy Buddhist Temples. We actually spent more time at the Memorial Centre than the nearby Monastery even though the Monastery is much larger. To get there, we caught the 8010 bus from the Kaohsiung bus station, which is about 100 meters east of the main Kaohsiung train station. The trip... More

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