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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
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$499.00*
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3-Day Tour: Southern Taiwan from Taipei with...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Buddha Museum (formerly Buddha Memorial Center) was constructed with the intention of the construction commenced in 2001 enshrining the Buddha's relic and lasted for ten years. It was officially opened on the 25th December 2011.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 4, 2018

We headed to the outskirts of town to check out Taiwan’s largest Buddhist complex Fo Guang Shan Monastery and Buddha Museum. Getting there was easy enough with a direct bus from Zuoying Station. The complex is divided into the monastery part and the museum part and it is huge looking more like an attraction in mainland China. We started in the museum part which had a handful of elaborately decorated prayer areas along with several themed displays that almost gave it a themepark vibe. Visitors interested in the history of Buddhism can easily spend a full day just in this section. If the displays are not enough, an hourly 3-D film was also shown. Galleries on the second floor showcased some Buddhism related art. The staff to visitor ratio was quite high and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Nomad806512, 經理 at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, and welcome you to visit the Buddha Museum frequently! Hope you have the wonderful memory of your time here!

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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

I've never been to a Buddhist Monestary but this place sure gives off a very calm and meditative atmosphere. It's a recently built place and the architectural displays of the lay out of this museum is spectacular. Having a monk as a tour guide gives it an authenticity that makes you feel very welcome. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and it was worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Nomad806512, 經理 at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

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Reviewed October 1, 2018

although the temple proper is separate, as is the library. But still, for me the spiritual functions and rooms are what makes this place, and it is very well done indeed as one of the four centers of "Humanistic Buddhism". I had an excellent, individually guided tour that allowed me to participate in all the devotions I wanted to (people are anyway extremely friendly and helpful here) but that also permitted the museum access. The most powerful sanctuaries (rightly) do not allow photography, like the Mt. Potala Avalokiteshvara shrine. The entrance visitor center seems somewhat commercial at first but is extremely well done, with high-quality shops, excellent vegetarian food options, and even a themed Starbucks. Strongly recommended!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Nomad806512, 經理 at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, and welcome you to visit the Buddha Museum frequently! Hope you have the wonderful memory of your time here!

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Reviewed September 29, 2018

We enjoyed this attraction so much, spent probably 3 hours going through it. As you pass into the first entry way you will find souvenir shops, eating establishments, and restrooms. After you enter the yard you will find 8 pagodas 4 on each side, you are allowed to go in and see most of them as some are closed. (they are for office space). Each pagoda has a different thyme, so interesting. Just a hint as you are going through everything and it is hot, down each side is a pathway that is covered and you can still enter each pagoda, so as you go though go down one side and on the way out pass through the other side. After the pagodas there is a large courtyard then up to the main building. Inside the mail building there is a Museum that is extreamly well done and after that you can go to the top level to get a better closeup shot of the Big Golden Buddha. We had a wonderful time there.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Nomad806512, 經理 at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, and welcome you to visit the Buddha Museum frequently! Hope you have the wonderful memory of your time here!

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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Quite surprised to find a Buddist temple like this in New Zealand, almost thought I was in Asia. Amazing architecture, restaurant on site, has place to pray with incenses.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Nomad806512, 經理 at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, and welcome you to visit the Buddha Museum frequently! Hope you have the wonderful memory of your time here!

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