Though a non Buddhist, this museum is worthy of half to full day visit while in Kaohsuing.
The giant bronze Buddha statue is something to behold. As are the manicured landscaped surroundings.
The grounds are sizable. Wheel chair friendly.
The indoor museum artifacts are worthy of an hour or so. The gold Buddha is also impressive, as are the embroidery items.
Clean bathroom facilities. Quality dining / food eateries n cafes in the main building - vegetarian of course. Oh, there's even a Starbucks cafe. This building is modern just like any quality department store restaurant / food environment. Plenty of gift shops too.
The staff and monks are friendly and always willing to assist - though English is not spoken by all.
1 hour or so from town, it's a relatively simple journey. There are several options. We took the MRT (LTR) from Kaohsuing main Station to Zouying station. Up to street level and found bus stop #2. Bus direct to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Centre.
On a sunny day a hat is a must, though you can walk along shaded areas. Luckily for us the Friday went there were few visitors. Unsure if it gets overly crowded. On special occasions the Centre would be an awesome sight. Btw, there are more places to visit on the site.
A terrific experience. Recommended visit.More