Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Dashu District

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Religious Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Buddha Museum (formerly Buddha Memorial Center) was constructed with the intention of the construction commenced in 2001 enshrining the Buddha's relic and lasted for ten years. It was officially opened on the 25th December 2011.
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Keith R
Petersfield, UK14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
A very large monastery / museum complex. We took the e02 bus from Zuoying High speed train station (NT$70, avoid the taxi touts, and note that buses are less frequent on weekdays). We went to the 'museum' site first, through what seemed a rather incongruous up-market shopping mall. The big Buddha statue seemed more fitting and in place in real life than in pictures. The jade Buddha shrine had a deep stillness. We then had a buffet lunch by the entrance - NT$130 with a wide choice of veggie options.
We then went to the Sutra Hall - we were the only ones there, and on to the main shrine in the monastery. I preferred this side of the complex : it seemed to be the working end of things. Returned to Kaohsiung on the three o'clock bus
Written January 19, 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written February 4, 2020
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benjambment
Denton, TX62 contributions
Dec 2019
Not sure what part of Fo Guang Shan this is supposed to be a review for, because there are numerous displays here. Seriously, bring water, possibly an umbrella, and wear good shoes.

This place is pretty open to the various schools of Buddhist thought and has statues and displays to most of them, which, if you know anything about Buddhism, is pretty cool.

It's some distance from the travel hubs in Kaohsiung / Zuoying. We took the subway to Daliao and then an Uber to Fo Guang Shan, because it was the best hybrid of short travel times and price (side note - if you buy a subway card in Taibei, you can use it here). If you're looking for a way to Kaohsiung, try to get the HSR (high speed rail) from Taibei or Taoyuan (depending on where you're starting from), not the normal train.
Written January 3, 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written January 4, 2020
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Janet1016
Ottawa, Canada925 contributions
Jan 2020
While visiting Taiwan in January, my son, who lives in nearby Pingtung, brought my husband and I to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Museum just outside of Kaohsiung. It is absolutely stunning and there is a lot to take in. If I could give any helpful tip, it would be to do your homework before you go, so you know what to look for and what to seek out, especially if you are an English speaker.

Fo Guang Shan is an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

The grounds are immense and encompass more than thirty hectares. We were there right around the Chinese New Year Holiday. We visited the Jade Buddha, walked around the grounds and got right up close to the Giant Bronze Buddha statue which is 108 metres tall including the base and 50 metres tall all on its own. It's equivalent to the size of a 36 storey building. It is the tallest Bronze sitting Buddha statue in the world.

It's a really cool place to visit and like I said above, study up a bit first so you are more familiar with Buddhism, the culture and beliefs and you'll get more out of it.

There are shops inside, it's air-conditioned and there are food booths (vegetarian).
Written February 22, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback!
Written June 22, 2020
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rnathan
Surrey, Canada348 contributions
Jan 2020
We arrived by taxi and left by E20 bus. The museum is arranged as an entrance building with shops and food vendors, then 8 pagodas (some of which were closed), then the main hall crowned by an enormous Buddha statue. We did not see the Buddha tooth relic, but visited four stupas at the top level. After a nice vegetarian lunch, we took a free shuttle van up to the monastery, and walked back through the grounds to the entrance. We were impressed by the grounds which are well kept.
Written January 28, 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written February 4, 2020
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brbrfur
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
Jan 2020
I haven't seen anything like this before. It was just before the Chinese New Year that I was there and you could see everyone to do their best to prepare the whole place for the big celebration.
Even if it wasn't before Chinese New Year it still incredible place to visit, pagodas, museum everything. There are a lot of volunteers who are friendly and ready to explain to you the history, about Buddha's life, etc.
You can even see the relic of Buddha's tooth.
Written March 30, 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written September 11, 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Nov 2019
Majestic building and a very beautiful place to view displays and exhibits related to Buddha. Even for non buddhists like us, the place was nice to visit and informative. The whole Fo Guang Shan area would require almost a day to visit and walk around. Even the grounds are beautiful.
Written October 20, 2020
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Brian Findsen
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I were the only guests on this tour from Kaohsiung to the Buddha monument and surrounds. Our guide was very familiar with the site and we reaped the benefits of his wisdom and care. This is an outstanding venue with breathtaking views. Also, we learned a lot about Buddhism!
Written February 14, 2020
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Written June 22, 2020
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Walt0305
Tampa, FL58 contributions
Jan 2020
We'd hoped to learn more about the life and times of Buddha But as non-Chinese-speakers only got a 15 minute cartoon-like film presentation that was pretty shallow. The huge Buddha and the large temple dog are interesting photo ops but I'd not allow more than an hour here. It's out of the way but there was plenty of free, convenient parking for us when we arrived within 30 minutes of opening time
Written January 5, 2020
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吉祥,歡迎您蒞臨佛光山佛陀紀念館謝謝您的鼓勵,有您真好!我們將會持續的努力,祈願佛光大佛加被闔府平安!做好事、說好話、存好心,天天行三好世界更美好! Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written January 6, 2020
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YOUNG LEE
Seoul, South Korea366 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Please check opening date, i went to Fo Guang Shan first then i was going to visit here but, the day i visited Fo Guang Shan, the museum didn’t open.. thus, i needed to make some time to visit here. This place is literally beautiful. Definitely worth to visit.
Written May 3, 2020
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Thank you for visiting. Please note that the Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
Written June 22, 2020
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JOHNNYMAH
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
If you are coming from other city in Taiwan other than Kaohsiung city. You can take the high speed train to Kaohsiung, Zuoying station.
The Zuoying MRT station (R16) and the Kaohsiung HSR station is the located together.
Once you have reach the station. Walk toward exit No.1. You will see a bus stop just beside the station.
You can either choose to take a Taxi or a Bus to there.
For visitor that is taking a taxi. Negotiate the fare with the taxi driver before taking the cab.
And for visitor that is taking a bus. The bus stop is just located outside the station. The bus service Number is 8501. This bus service travel along to E-DA theme park, Fo Guang Shan or Buddist Memorial Center.
This bus service 8501is at platforms 5. You check the. arrival time of the bus service at the platform. Queue there and wait for the bus to arrive. The bus fare is $65NT for adult and $33NT for children to Fo Guang Shan. Passenger that are taking this bus to E-DA theme park. Please ask the bus driver about the fare. If I am not wrong. The fare should be around $35NT.
Passenger please make sure you have the exact fare. No change will be given back. Passenger that are paying by cash. Please keep the ticket well. Because you need to return it to the bus driver when you alight.
The travel time taken for the whole journey to the last stop is about 50 minutes.
Upon arrival, please check the time table located at the bus stop for the bus that leave this stop going back to the city. So you schedule your time for the visit.
Do Guang Shan and Buddist Memorial Center close around 1730Hrs. You need to spent quite a number of hours to go around the sight. So be there a bit more early. The center also provide free vegetarian meal for visitors during some hours. After finishing the meal. Feel free to donate to the center.
For those who need shopping or other kind of foods after visiting the center. You can also stop over at E-DA world. It was located a few bus stop away from Fo Guang Shawn bounce toward the city. The bus stop of E-DA theme park is located at B3 at the mall. For returning to the Kaohsiung city. The bus services bounce to the Kaohsiung city is also located at the same stop that you came. There are a few destination of the bus services going back to the city. So you can choose the bus service that is nearer to your destination.
Hope this information will help you and hope you and enjoy the visit at Kaohsiung.
Written November 3, 2013
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