Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, Hong Kong

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
4.5
Islands • Religious Sites • Monuments & Statues
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Located on Lantau Island, this monastery features the Big Buddha (Tiantau), which is the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom5,242 contributions
Jun 2021
The imposing Big Buddha is the star attraction at Ngong Ping. The Po Lin Monastery stands beneath it and although it isn’t as showy, is quietly beautiful.
It started off very modestly as a single thatched hut, founded in 1906 by 3 visiting monks. Today it is a large complex, with gardens, shrines, palatial halls and pagodas with evocative names like the Hall of Great Perfection, the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the Pagoda of the Lotus Sutra.
It is a functioning monastery so, understandable, no photography is allowed inside. However you can get a simple vegetarian meal in the canteen style restaurant.
Entry to The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is free (although there is a fee to visit the separate halls beneath the Buddha).
NOTE: If you are planning on visiting, be aware that the Buddha is currently covered in scaffolding and is undergoing renovation but you can still visit the monastery and the nearby Wisdom Path.
Written July 28, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China142,258 contributions
Feb 2020
The Po Lin Monastery (free entry) is one of the feature attractions in Lantau Island. It is located next to Tian Tan, the 34 metre tall Big Buddha landmark and a short 3-4 minute walk from the Ngong Ping Village. Opening hours are 8am to 6pm daily.

This is a early 20th century monastery that is very colourful and decorative. The Great Hall and the Grand Hall of the Ten Thousand Buddhas have beautiful interiors. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside. Both are worth spending a few minutes to view.

The exterior and temple grounds are very attractive as well, including the large Reunification Cauldron in front of Po Lin. This monument commemorates the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Alas, there is a recommendable vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin if you want to eat at the monastery as part of your visit.

To visit Po Lin and the other attractions in Lantau Island, you can use the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from the lower terminus outside Tung Chung MTR Station. Alternatively, take a taxi from the airport or Tung Chung station. The other option is bus route 23 (Tung Chung), route 21 (Tai O) and route 2 (Mui Wo).
Written February 19, 2020
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happyopenmindedtraveller
Amsterdam, The Netherlands171,327 contributions
Feb 2020
The Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery was established in 1906 and is dedicated to the goddess Guanyin. From Kowloon, i took the Hong Kong metro to Tung Chung and from there a local bus to Ngong Ping (as the gondola lift from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping 360 was temporarily not operating last February, during my visit, apparently due to the covid-19 situation in Hong Kong at that point of time). Apparently the ashes of amongst others, of the late Hong Kong entertainer Anita Mu, who was world-famous in Asia, are being kept here. My last visit to this quite amazing temple complex was in 1996 so it was really going down memory lane for me. No entrance fee and a donation is optional. Recommended.👍
Written August 25, 2020
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC1,000 contributions
Dec 2019
We went here as part of a tour out of Hong Kong and it was great! Very colorful with large incense sticks filling the air with different aromas. Great access and interesting statues of various gods make for great photos and regardless of your religious beliefs, you have to respect the dedication to detail. Beautiful area to walk around with a nice large coy pond. Statues of warriors outside as you leave and a huge overhead gate as you enter. Watch for roaming cows and buffalo! Very colorful and interesting with very ornate architecture. Worth a stop or experience it with a guide and get information at the same time!
Written February 5, 2020
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France387 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Situated at the foot of the Tian Tan Big Buddha, this Zen Buddhism Monastery is a must see along with the Big Buddha. The temple is beautifuly decorated, wood and stone carvings, bronze buddhas etc.. such a very peaceful place. We had already had lunch, but there are food options here.
Written January 26, 2020
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,148 contributions
Aug 2021
Po Lin Monastery is the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong for sure. It certainly does not offer the serene, peaceful experience like any other religious institutions. The building itself is pretty grand, though. Unfortunately signboard or illustration is lacking. A good place to meander and spend a couple hours.
Written August 25, 2021
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AradhanaVerma
Mumbai, India149 contributions
Mar 2020
The peaceful Po Lin monastery is just steps away from the Big Buddha. I really loved the peace and tranquility there. The monastery is more than a century old and was earlier known as the ‘Big Thatched Hut’. It was set up by three Buddhist monks in 1906 and is now a world renowned monastery. The monastery also has a vegetarian restaurant which serves delicious food. There is a park outside which has some stone benches and tables and it is very peaceful to sit and chat or simply have some food under the shade of the trees.
Written July 3, 2020
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Kendo
Scotland73 contributions
A fair way to spend half a day, a trip out to Lantua and the Po Lin was interesting and enjoyable. We took the ferry out from HK island, and had a very enjoyable walk back down through the woods to Tung Chung to get the MTR back into Kowloon. An easy route to follow with great views, it takes a couple of hours. The monastery itself was interesting and the big bhudda, well it was impressive I must say. We really enjoyed it but I wouldn't say it was unmissable, unlike a trip on the Peak Tram.
Written April 26, 2005
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Sharon.Edge
Chester, UK63 contributions
The trip to Lantau Island to see the Buddha was something we would never have missed. It's official title is the 'Largest Bronze Sitting Buddha in the World'! It just blows you away when you first see it.
We took the ferry from Hong Kong Island to Lantau and then the bus up to the monastery. Be prepared for climbing what seems like millions of steps! You actually go inside the buddha and it's actually very poignant and spiritual whatever your religion.
There is a gift shop at the bottom and you also get a vegetarian lunch from the monastery itself which was delicious.
The monks go about their business in complete harmony with all the tourists hovering around and they are happy to chat and answer questions.
A word of advice - take a 'fast ferry' to the Island - it only takes about 45 mins, but the regular ferries seemed to take hours! They alternate the services, so it's worth waiting for the fast ones each time.
All in all a brilliant day!
Written September 1, 2006
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Zxiao
Shanghai, China110 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Biggest Buddha located in lantau area, and stunning view , and either can take Ngong ping cable car to reach the Buddha or by ferry and take another bus going to the buddha. Beautiful place to visit. Recommended
Written July 19, 2018
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