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Fo Guang Shan

Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice and biggest monastery

a really beautiful place and was enough to spend all day. Buddha's statue was really big and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
lientran18
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Vantaa, Finland
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One Stop from the Museum

We were on the way back to the hotel and decided to make one last stop. This monastery has a steep... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
fhwa1998
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Great Neck, New York
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At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery (literally translated as Buddha’s Light Mountain Monastery) sits on a bamboo hill on the left bank of the Gaoping river. Here you will find the...more
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No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

a really beautiful place and was enough to spend all day. Buddha's statue was really big and beautiful.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were on the way back to the hotel and decided to make one last stop. This monastery has a steep walk up but the view from the top is amazing. The amount of golden Buddhas were beautiful and on the top one giant standing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very majestic monastery. Very scenic and full of records of their rich history. Great place to visit with friends and family.

Date of experience: December 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, an interpretive tour of Fo Guang Shan and it's history is the best way to experience the monastery.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In a word, Fo Guang Shan is majestic. Right after you get past the first hall with all the restaurants and retailers, you will be greeted by the sight of the gigantic and iconic Buddha statue. Walk down the path and visit each of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a monastic retreat of one month in Fo Guang Shan and I would recommend this place to everyone. Regardless of your religious orientation, and whether you're making a one-day visit or attending a program, this is an impressive place to visit and everyone...More

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Date of experience: July 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, there are many different programs conducted at Fo Guang Shan, and there are many things to do even if your planning a day trip.

Reviewed November 7, 2018

Was there on a Tuesday and unfortunately, the museum is closed on Tuesdays. But already walking the temple premises alone took a few hours as there is a series of slopes to navigate before we could reach the main temple hall. Sight was magnificent with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, the entire complex requires some time to see it all, in fact, one day is minimum. Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be lots of walking around the serene monastery.

Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Fo Guang Shan Monastery as part of a 5 day round Taiwan bus tour. It is the most famous Buddhist sacred place of southern Taiwan. We had a master monk who was originally from Austria show us around. This gentleman walked very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are committed to the quality of our service, and will continue to improve. Indeed, the Monastery is considered a very sacred place, and is visited by people from all over the world.

Reviewed October 4, 2018

We had to rush a bit through the monastery park to catch an hourly bus back to town. Unlike the typical small Taiwanese temple, it was unusual to see such a large complex which must take a ridiculous amount of manpower just to maintain. In...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, the Monastery is a very large complex, and will take at least a full day to see it all. The peaceful ambiance is what most people come here for.

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

It’s definitely worth of your visit! Not about the shopping center inside, but the buildings and statues. Be sure you bring your water, or necessarily sun screen if you go in summer like us. We got burned during the tour.

Date of experience: September 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, during the summers, it can get quite hot and sunny here in Kaohsiung, so it is a good idea to keep hydrated. The buildings and statues around the monastery are what most visitors find great photo opportunities.

Reviewed September 17, 2018

If you want to have a better understanding about Buddhism and taste the most delicious vegetarian dishes, Buddha Museum as well as Fo guang Shan temple could be the best option to live an unforgettable experience. I had the opportunity to take part of a...More

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Date of experience: July 2018
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HuichengS1, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We always strive to offer our very best . We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Indeed, many guests speak of the fine vegetarian food, and serene environment. The Monastery is a must for those seeking spiritual inspiration.

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Vain_mommy
December 8, 2018|
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Response from joshua-chinys | Reviewed this property |
We went on a Sunday. Not sure about Tuesday. Perhaps you can check with your local guide. We only had time in the morning for the main museum. The majesty of the exterior was a highlight for us and half a day was sufficient... More
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tiger1492
August 29, 2018|
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Response from 136tineg | Reviewed this property |
Hi Tiger I’ve been a month at Fo Guang monastery and seen it. So you have to prioritize according to your interests. The Buddha museum is impressive in size and shows the huge achievement of the founder and the venerables... More
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marivic b
July 20, 2018|
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Response from ThomasM2978 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry for my late response, i do not know as my group hired a driver. If you still need info I would ask the concierge at a large, area (Kaosiung or Tainan) hotel.
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leqi p
singapore
Kao Hsuing 温泉 and itinery. Needs Help!!! (1 Replies)
hi, i would like to ask if there is any 24hr 温泉 in Kao Hsuing City? as the four of us wil be travelling from SML to kaohsiung and wil probably reach in the late night, around 10p.m. so was thinking of not wasting money on accomodation. We intend to visit 1)the Love River then 2)Liu He Night Market then 3)Pubs in KaoHsiung then 4)a 24hr hot spring to slack until the morning to visit Fo Guang Shan. Is this itinery ideal? For number 1, what can we expect from the love river...More
February 21, 2008|
Response frompcheng|
There are no hot springs in Kaohsiung city proper. The closest hot spring area is Bao-Lai, which is about an hour away. The river cruise is just one way to enjoy the Love River. The other way (and the correct way IMHO) is to stroll along the banks, do some people watching, find a nice coffee shop or a romantic restaurant and just enjoy the scenary and atmosphere. The beauty of Love River is not the river itself, but what's happening along the river. Liu He is not within walking distance...More
kylie8868
from Fo Guang Shan to Eda theme park (5 Replies)
Any idea for the transport from Fo Guang Shan to Eda? I wish to bring my fil & mil to visit FGS between not to disappointed my son by bringing him to Eda theme park. Knowing that FGS is outskirts, I believe Eda theme park also.. I don't want to engage with driver as I only visit 2 places that I spend whole day..
October 22, 2012|
Response fromrein87|
You don't need to hire a driver for these 2 place.. Eda has shuttle buses(payable) that go to these places... i remb you can board bus from zuoying station.. for more info you may like to google eda website..
fatherhen
singapore
Fo Guang Shan cab fare (1 Replies)
Hi all, How much will a cab ride from Kao Hsiung downtown to Fo Guang cost? I've researched on going there by public transport (subway to zuoying and then the bus), but according to google map the journey will cost me >3 hrs. Regards
November 20, 2017|
Response fromtaiwanDIY|
The bus ride from Zuoying to Fo Kuang Shan takes about 35 mins.