Western Monastery

Western Monastery, Hong Kong

Western Monastery
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elana v
Chapala, Mexico40 contributions
Elana
Jan 2020 • Solo
Very serene in a huge city new territory i am at the white statue after entrance. Some signs not alot. Glad i came.
Written January 13, 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston654 contributions
Simply espectacular!
Nov 2018 • Family
Our guide book did not even have it listed! I suppose this is wonderful as we were the only visitors to the Western Monastery. We found it by accident while visiting the Yuen Yuen monastery in the New Territories. The place is monumental! The colours, the main pagoda, the shrines, the Zen garden, the ponds, the terraces, the balconies, the bridges, everything makes of this site one of the two most monumental and memorable places in Hong Kong (The other is the Big Buddha).

Very few people know about it. We were the only visitors that evening. The place was just for ourselves! Everything was peaceful, quiet. The few people we saw (monks and locals) were very nice.

It closes at 530 pm. You need two hours to visit the monastery. There is no charge to visit it.

To get here could be challenging. We took the metro to Tsuen Wan. Then we looked for the minibus 81. You have to ask for the minibus and many people do not know about it. We were helped by 4 policemen who took us to the place where the bus stops (two blocks from the MTR station, in a commercial street). The bus is taken by locals . Very cheap. You can use the Octopus card. The bus finishes at the Yuen Yuen institute. We visited the Yuen Yuen institute first and then we walked to the Western Monastery. We combine these visits, with a visit to the 10000 Buddhas monastery. It was a fantastic and memorable day!
Written February 3, 2019
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,003 contributions
Underrated
Aug 2018 • Family
The Western Monastery is steps away from the famed Yuen Yuen Institute but is more photogenic in our opinion. The newly renovated structure offers a glimpse of Hong Kong's Buddhist faith. The view of Tsuen Wan skyline from the podium is amazing.
Written August 31, 2018
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ozteddy
Brisbane, Australia463 contributions
Great place to visit
May 2018 • Couples
Although it is a little way from Hong Kong's main tourist areas, this is pretty easy to get to by train and then a short taxi ride. There is also a fleet of small local buses that come up the hill from the station but they seem to be always full.
Right beside Yuen Yuen Institute (which is also worth a visit), this is a quiet and very beautiful place to spend an hour or so exploring. There is no entrance fee and apart from the smiles from the people you see, you are left alone to wander the grounds. Except for the Pagoda and the monks quarters, everything seems all to be open to investigate. We were lucky to be there on a sunday when a free vegetarian meal is provided for anyone who shows up (and there were a lot of people). Out of curiousity we walked into the dining hall just to see what was happening, and the next thing we knew, a monk was leading us around filling plates with food for us. The food was great, and the smiles we recieved from the other diners obviously not used to Westerners sharing their Sunday lunch was something I will remember for a long time.
Written July 4, 2018
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
Impressive Buddhist Temple
Mar 2018 • Solo
Located adjacent to Yuen Yuen Institute, this sprawling temple complex is just as impressive as it’s Taoist temple neighbor. The collection of highly ornate buildings include pagodas, shrines/halls, temples, living quarters and more. There are numerous bridges and walkways that connect the buildings. There are gardens and ponds replete with beautiful pavilions. As I made my way higher up the complex’s slope, the more impressive the views overlooking Hong Kong became. There were hardly any visitors when I was here so I felt as if I had the place to myself.
This monastery is located in Tsuen Wan (part of Hong Kong’s New Territories). If you are taking public transportation, there is a small bus (located a short walk from the train station) that shuttles people to/from the station and this hillside monastery (about 10 minutes drive time).
When visiting, give yourself enough time to appreciate both this monastery as well as the neighboring Yuen Yuen Institute - at least an hour in each place.
Written March 22, 2018
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Jack_eats_the_world
Sydney, Australia33 contributions
So beautiful and calm hideaway
Feb 2018 • Friends
Such a beautiful monastery in the New Territories. Easiest way to get there is a taxi from Tsuen Wan station which is the end of the red line on the MTR. So nice to be somewhere that was clean air and quiet. If you have the chance would recommend coming here, one way takes est 45 minutes.
Written February 14, 2018
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SYC80
Birmingham, UK1,082 contributions
A calm and relaxing visit
Dec 2017 • Family
This is a tranquil Buddhist monastery with lovely ornate buildings and relaxing settings. This is not far from the Yuen Yuen Institute but in my opinion far more interesting. Not very busy either so you can really take your time and enjoy the setting.
Written December 29, 2017
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada3,844 contributions
Buddhist Monastery Next to Yuen Yuen Institute
May 2017 • Friends
I had visited this monastery after visited the nearby Yuen Yuen Institute. The three of us took the MTR from Causeway Bay to Tsuen Wan and then took a taxi up the hill. There was no fee to enter the monastery. We came on a Saturday afternoon and there was hardly anyone there.

This was a very tranquil place. There is a very nice garden area adorned with statues. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Written June 29, 2017
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Hong Kong, China3,896 contributions
Beautiful monastery.
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is an ultra-modern monastery that is spotless and grand in equal measure. There are wonderful views over the valley as it is fairly high up overlooking Tsuen Wan. Buildings are externally striking and beautifully decorated inside but the best bits are the pools containing turtles and fish, linked by a waterfall. It's all a bit 'inauthentic' as it's so new but that does not stop it being impressive.
Written February 18, 2017
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Robert B
Hong Kong, China469 contributions
Beautiful, Restful Spiritual Place, close, yet feels far away
May 2016 • Friends
The mountain where this is located, Tai Mo Shan (“big fog mountain” or “big hat mountain”), is the highest in Hong Kong and is also the home of the Hilltop Country Club and the Yuen Yuen Institute and other Buddhist places. It has a real spiritual feeling and is quite lovely. It is a great place to relax and meditate and also take pictures because it does not seem to get very crowded. I thought the nine-story “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddha”pagoda looked familiar and it was because its exterior features are in the style of the “Flower Pagoda” of Guangzhou’s famous Six Banyan Temple (which I had been to) and modelled after the “Ci En Pagoda” in Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake. It has many statues and ponds with little waterfalls.
Written June 4, 2016
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