Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
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A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Happy Feet
Taguig City, Philippines95 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The climb was a bit tough on someone who hasnt exercised properly in ages but I'll say It's all worth it.

I liked the view but I wish I went there when it was less crowded. Going there a day after the CNY was not a good idea, but I still enjoyed the it.

PS. I'd recommend not to bring any food except water and small bits of crackers, they have a "no food allowed" rules that almost everyone breaks.

Reaching the place is very easy, 5 mins from MTR (google the stop) and you'll never get lost.

Take the East Rail Line to the Sha Tin stop. Go out Exit B. You'll see buses and an ice cream stall(hahaha I think this one's not there often.)

Go left outside the exit and just follow everyone down the pedestrian ramp. YOu'll prolly cross the street twice pass a mall and govt. Approx 5 mins walk from the stop and you'll be there. Just ask if you get lost 🤪 Majority understands english.
Written February 18, 2020
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DW@Ballarat
Ballarat, Australia1,244 contributions
Feb 2020
This is one of Hong Kong's popular tourist attractions located near the Sha Tin MTR station. It does involve walking up a steep path or adjacent 420 steps to reach the temple and 10000 Buddhas at the top. The pathway up has a number of gold painted Buddhas to keep you company.
I recommend to wear good comfortable shoes because you have to walk back along the steep down hill path.
It is worthwhile walking to the temple at the very top. You'll be able to see the 12000 or so Buddhas and other statues representing your birth year.
Written February 13, 2020
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JoeBenevides
Fresno, CA392 contributions
Feb 2020
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple located in Sha Tin, a short walk from the Sha Tin MTR station. Its designation as a monastery is actually a misnomer because there are no monks residing at the complex, which is managed solely by laypersons. Getting there is half the fun. The main temple buildings are accessible by stairs consisting of 431 steps surrounded on both sides by statues of arhats, the Buddhist equivalent of saints who have achieved enlightenment. Once at the main temple buildings we experienced naughty monkeys playing on the statues. The laypeople on the site had to keep chasing them away.
Written February 18, 2020
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,975 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is located near to the Shatin MTR station. It is easy to reach. If you are in Central or Admiralty or any place on the Island, take the red line, change for the green line and then the blue line. Follow a subway map. It is reallt easy. When you exit Shatin station, walk left and down the ramp, follow the road to the corner, cross and go left. Cross again and you are facing a governemnt building. Walk in front of it to the end. You will see the signs. There are 11,800 small statuettes in the Monastery, not to mention the full life size Buddhas/Monks on the 436 steps to the top. No two are alike. There are steps and also smooth areas to walk up. Also resting areas along the way, that you will definitely need. It was cool and no sun the day we visited but still sweaty when we arrived at the top so plan accordingly. No pics or videos in the main Monastery building. Make sure to go the very top and look up at the side of the mountain to see grave sites, actually carved right into the side of the mountain. See Pic. The Monastery grounds are simple but with some beautiful carvings and statutes. There is a small gift shop with beverages. We did not see any fake monks or piglets, which they warn you about. A worthwhile visit. Free entrance. Certainly not wheelchair accessible.
Written January 13, 2020
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France415 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It is just a short walk from the Sha Tin MTR station to the bottom of the steps. 400 steps lead up to the Monastery, these steps are surrounded by life size golden statues of Buddhist saints. The Monastery itself and its surroundings are beautiful. Such a peaceful place to visit. There is a lovely little souvenir shop here too. Definately worth visiting.
Written January 26, 2020
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Edgar S
Hong Kong, China1,540 contributions
Nov 2020
What a find. The 10.000 Buddha Monastery is a true and wonderful experience. One has to climb steps to reach the main temple but is rewarded by the view of the lined up monks on the way. There are seats provided along the climb. Once you reach the main temple, you look at 10.000 Buddhas all lined up. There are larger size monks, other buddha sculptures as well a pagoda which no closed to climb up because of the coronavirus. You shall be at inner peace and enjoy the splendid surroundings of Shatin. There is a gift shop that sells refreshments too. One can climb up further to see more of stone carved generals and other female sculptures. To sum it up, sensational. If you are in Hong Kong for a longer time, go there. It is free and one has to strike it off one's bucket list.
Written November 19, 2020
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Jehan
11 contributions
Jan 2020
This place could be reached if you take MTR and get down at Shatin station. As you get out from the station look for the mountain to locate the monastery and head to that direction.That's the easiest way as there are many roads overlapping each other in google maps making confuse which road to take. Anyway its only ten minute walk from the station to the bottom of the hill. One-two hours would be more than enough to spend here as there is nothing much to see.Actually this place should name as then-thousand monks place as those statuses represent monks NOT BUDDHA.
Written January 23, 2020
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,978 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Finally had the chance to climb up to the monastery and see the 10k plus buddhas inside.

We took an Uber to get here quickly after breakfast so we could climb it before the day got warmer. We hopped on a train at the Sha Tin station to rest our feet and head back to Kowloon afterwards.

The path up was over 400 steps which were steep in some areas. We took periodic rests to scrutinize some of the unique golden Buddha masters that lined most of the path. They all seemed unique in posture, expression, etc. A few were in need of repair.

A path was also next to the stairs which helped when we got tired of climbing. We found a tractor later that likely used that path to bring supplies up.

As we got closer to the top we passed and were passed by a woman who seemed to be exercising by going up and down one section of the path over and over again. Excellent stamina!

At the top of, we visited the pagoda and peeked inside (no photos allowed) the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall and saw some of the thousands of tiny buddhas inside. Quite a site to see.

A tall pagoda dominated the courtyard but was closed to visitors. Views were quite scenic from different vantage points and luckily the day was clear. A couple of pavilion and halls contained other statues and altars. We also continued climbing upwards to a smaller courtyard with some houses, halls and galleries with more statues and altars. Other than the grounds keepers we were the only ones in this area but we did finally see more visitors heading up as we walked down.

I do recommend visiting this monastery even if it’s out of your way as the climb is doable and worth seeing for the views and all the different buildings and statues.
Written October 30, 2023
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tasosaxl
Hong Kong, China207 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
One of my best friends came for a visit and even though I’m living in HK I’ve never been to the 10.000 Buddhas monastery. This was a great opportunity and it did worth it! Tiresome sure but not as tiresome as I thought. Totally doable. Just be careful though - on your way there (and back) with the train NOT to go on board the A class wagon because conductors come often :)
Written March 13, 2020
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Gehan G
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Oct 2023 • Solo
I highly recommend visiting. I am not sure you will find another monastery with 10,000 Buddhas. The monastery is a little off the beaten path but you really can't miss it and the Buddhas leading the way to the top. There is more to see at this spot than just the different iterations of Buddha so take your time and enjoy. But I recommend wearing walking shoes. Those stairs are a toughie. I had to take a few breaks while going up (as the stairs are on an incline, really giving you that work out.) There was no charge to get in but if you would like to donate there are boxes available for you to do so. This is a pretty quick excursion. One you can definitely accomplish within in 1-2hrs and the location is right next to the subway and bus station.
Written October 7, 2023
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