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Fo Guang Shan Monastery

No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
+886 7 656 1921
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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 headquarters of a prominent Buddhist order, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the buildings within the monastery complex is characteristic of the traditional Buddhist monastery, but one may be pleasantly surprised with the array of visitor-friendly amenities on offer. The southeastern face of Fo Guang Shan Monastery features the prominent Great Buddha Land, which is home to a standing Buddha image of 48 metres in height, and 480 smaller Buddha images that surround it. English-speaking visitors may find information and maps in English at the Reception, and prior contact via email can be made to discuss free tour options.
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No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see. The facilities are a tribute to one man leading many people to achieve much. The temples are magnificent and I've visited many the around the world, this is one of the best. The three Buddas... you just have to see....More

4  Thank anonymous842
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Than you for y our review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan Monastery has many sights to see, and has definitely upheld the sacredness of a religious site. Do keep hydrated, as Taiwan can be hot during the summer.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see museum. And take a day for it. The lay out is large with some steep roads. Shops sell fromm cheap to very expensive. A very good acrobatics shows was for free.

4  Thank TuwaPutaruru
Reviewed May 6, 2017

The monastery is an must see. Beautiful statues, temples, lakes. We show the massive dining hall, the gardens. Learned about the Buddhism religion. Monks were very open to talking and giving you literature about their beliefs. Such a place for pilgrims that a very rich...More

3  Thank DERtravels
Reviewed May 4, 2017

Beautiful place with lot of statues, small lake.temple etc. Quite large Monastery with all amenities. Large Dining hall. Museum , park and then Large Buddha Statue with many Golden statues.

4  Thank R471
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, the monastery offers traveler amenities, and is set on a picturesque parcel of land. There are many opportunities to be in the sun, so bringing a hat is recommended.

Reviewed May 1, 2017

Wonderful place to visit. Quiet and peaceful and beautiful. A lot of walking and some steps. Hot if sunny as there is a lot of outdoor activity.

Thank upstategirl1949
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, there are many opportunities to be out in the sun while at Fo Guang Shan, so it is a good idea to bring a hat.

Reviewed April 17, 2017

Worth visiting when going to the Guang Shan Buddha Museum as they are located next to each other. Be prepared for a lot of walking. We took a cab out to the monastery and had him wait as we toured it given there are not...More

1  Thank DKJPUS
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan Monastery is worth a visit, and will require at least half a day to see the various places around the complex. There are shuttle that run between Fo Guang Shan Monastery and it's Buddha Museum next...More

Reviewed March 26, 2017

It is a must-see spot in the city even you were not a buddist, structured temples, Buddas were everywhere in the mountain from walking up hill. There were also different types of plantation and flowers, which lily might be one of the best species.

Thank Chun pang L
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, there are many types of flora here, and Spring time is a good time to see the blossoms.

Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

很壮观和宁静。到台湾必定要到佛光山观光。travelers must go to this temple feel the biggest in taiwan. Please take note. Temple will close every tuesday.

Thank Hk W
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan is the biggest monastery in Taiwan, and has many attractions to visit. Please note that only the Buddha Museum is closed on Mondays, while the rest of the monastery is open 7 days a week, thanks!

Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

The entire complex is huge and even if you're not religiously inclined, it's worth a visit to just stroll the grounds. There's an area with a massive Buddha surrounded by what seems like hundreds of smaller gold Buddha statues is absolutely breathtaking.More

1  Thank Paul H
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, the place you visited is the Big Buddha Land, a very popular attraction to many visitors. It is advisable to set aside a whole day to see the whole place, and even more if you wish to experience the...More

Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

A must visit in Kaoshiung! Very nice! Amazing structures! Make sure you have eaten as you will need to do long walk. How to get there: Turn left when you get out Zuoying station. You can see a bus on the left side going Fo...More

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phungphoenix
Hello, I am planning to travel to Fo Guang Shan Monastery from Kaohsiung, then from the monastery, I want to go straight to Tainan. Does the bus # 8050 still go to Tainan Station from Fo Guang Shan Monastery? Also, are there any lockers for large backpack storage? Thank you!
May 10, 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, the 8050 departs from Fo Guang Shan at 06:15 and 20:50. Unfortunately, there are no lockers available at the Monastery, thanks.
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nanac369
I understand that the Monastery is closed on Tuesdays. Is this true?
April 6, 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your query. Please note that we are the older section of Fo Guang Shan, the Monastery itself. We are open Monday to Sunday, 0800 to 1700, although opening hours may be extended during festive seasons... More
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596yilinl
Hi Hi , Someone , please help me and my husband. I am arriving Kaohsiung on 9th February 2016 , 11.05 am . Understand is second day of CNY. I really wish to visit Fo Guang Shan on the same day cause I've only a day in Kaohsiung. Would I able to travel from Kaohsiung Airport to Fo Guang Shan ? Bad Traffic ? Is all the nite Market close for CNY or partial is open ? Please advise
January 31, 2016|
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Response from dswlim | Reviewed this property |
Fu Guang Shan is open during the time you want to visit. If you land at the Kaoshiung Airport, you can take a taxi as suggested by previous users. Alternatively, you can do the following: Take a MRT subway and get off at... More
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