Chi Lin Nunnery

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Chi Lin Nunnery
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arefl02
Hong Kong, China334 contributions
Jun 2022
A friend of mine recommended to go and visit this place. I am not a practicing buddhist but I am surprised that there is a certain calmness of mind during meditation inside the nunnery. There are also some rock artifacts and plants showcased upon entering where there are philosophy/quotation on it. There is also a nearby park. It is easy to find this place. Must try!
Written June 26, 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,481 contributions
Feb 2020
The Chi Lin Nunnery is one of our special places in Hong Kong. Originally built in 1934, the monastery building and grounds you see today were opened to the public in 2000. This is a peaceful and tranquil place that is beautifully maintained. Chi Lin along with the adjacent Nan Lian Gardens are free to visit and open from 7am to 7pm daily.

What you find here is a Buddhist monastic complex constructed of cedar wood and built in the style of the Tang Dynasty. There are a handful of halls, each fitted with beautiful shrines with gilded and colourful statue figures representing manifestations of Buddha. The main hall includes five large gilded figures (3 Buddha figures and 2 attending disciples) is particularly impressive.

Note that they ask you to not take photos in this area of the monastery. There is information posted next to each hall with Chinese and English text, allowing you to read up and learn about the figures on display in each.

You can take pictures in the open courtyard which are decorated with numerous manicured shrubs and flowering plants. This is a Lotus Pond Garden with four delightful pools, it is an attractive setting and easy place to relax and enjoy yourself.

Overall, this is a place you can easily spend half an hour. Add an addition 30-45 minutes to browse the grounds and exhibition galleries of the Nan Lian Garden which is connected by bridge to the other side of the street running along side the Nunnery. Collectively, these two attractions represent one of the most beautiful locations to visit in Hong Kong, a place loved by residents and visitors alike.
Written February 20, 2020
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Sojourn24229
Hong Kong, China22 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a Hong Kong Treasure. Although the architecture is totally fake/made of cement, it's done with pure heart and it *is* a beautiful garden. I have trouble believing any nuns actually live there (that is probably who they took over the park from?) but the vegetarian food is *EXCELLENT* and so cheap for large groups. The only problem is the extremely bright overhead lighting, but they are probably following gov't regulations b/c make no mistake about it: this is a gov't run restaurant.
Written April 3, 2020
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chancer_too
St. Catharines, Canada24 contributions
Dec 2019
we found this place by accident as it didn't rate very highly on the "things to do" list - but it was one of our favourite places in Hong Kong. The gardens are absolutely immaculate. There were older women on very small stools cleaning the grout on the walkways. The place was busy, but not unmanageable and well worth an afternoon stroll. The space is tranquil and beautiful - well worth a few hours stroll.
Written January 14, 2020
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JoeBenevides
Fresno, CA380 contributions
Feb 2020
The Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist temple complex located in the Diamond Hill neighborhood of Kowloon, just a few minutes walk from the Diamond Hill MTR station. It was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and was rebuilt in 1998 following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy, Guanyin, and other bodhisattvas.
Written February 18, 2020
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MHL
London, UK257 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Oasis escape from busy urban Kowloon.
Quite relaxing place offering variety of beauty, knowledge, history, art, landscape, architecture and spiritual atmosphere.
Different beautiful gardens including ponds with beautiful lilies (which were highlight for me), stunning collection of rocks, wise quotations, authentic templates, architecture model exhibition with history information posters, religious jewellery exhibition.
All free of charge.
Souvenir shop with free tea tasting; coffee shop & restaurant on site
Written February 9, 2020
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France405 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Such a beautiful place...the dark wood buildings, golden statues, beautiful gardens and ponds. You completely forget that you are in the middle of busy city. A really peaceful place, i could have spent hours here.
Written January 19, 2020
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MsMkonnichiwa
Sydney, Australia113 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
It’s peaceful, big, impressive, and calming. Lovely. Beautifully done with the Bonsai, pond, rocks matched with quotes. My only suggestion is to have ages listed for the bonsai, and to list where the rocks came from.
Written May 16, 2020
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irit_lillian
Mazkeret Batya, Israel60 contributions
Nov 2020
The garden and nunnery are a beautiful place to calm down, relax and meditate. It is artificial, yet full of the beauty of nature. Tacked in a residential area it make one appreciate it even more.
, A wonderful place to experience the spirit of Buddhism and serenity.
Written November 9, 2020
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Julie D
5 contributions
Feb 2020
It was not busy and some parts were blocked off but still a wonderful experience finding out about it and how it started. It was very peaceful once you stepped into 5he temple area. It is on a huge piece of land with a school and restaurant. It was interesting to stand in one part and see the tall buildings in the background. I recommend you visit there when in Hong Kong.
Written February 13, 2020
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