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“A must see attraction” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
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Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour
Ranked #19 of 807 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: Located on Lantau Island, this monastery features the Big Buddha (Tiantau), which is the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.
Sydney, Australia
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“A must see attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

The trip to and from Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha is half the fun. Catch the Mui Wo ferry from Central Pier 6 then the # 2 bus to the monastery. There are the usual market stalls around the monastery and the monastery itself is quite lovely. Beautiful trees and plants abound and the mandatory dogs that seem to be around all wats. The vegetarian meal thatyou can buy at the monastery restaurant is good value. Catch the cable car back to Tung Chung station, make sure you catch the crystal cable car, it has a glass floor- amazing! Then it's just a short walk to the raliway staion. A great day out. Don't forget to buy an OCTOPUS CARD to make travel in Hong Kong easy.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting Place to Spend a Day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Took the MTR to the buses to Lantau Island. The bus takes about 45 mins. to get you to the Buddha. I get car sick sometimes on windy roads, and I was definitely feeling a bit queasy when we arrived. There is an air-tram that goes there and if I ever go back, I'll take that instead.

The Buddha was built in 1997, so you aren't seeing anything ancient. But the park is nicely laid out and if you can get yourself up all the steps to the Buddha, there is a magnificent view at the top. The Buddha will also reward you for climbing all those steps as you get a ticket (before you go up) for bottled water and an ice cream after you've gone inside the little museum.

The Po Lin Monastery is there. It's not as fabulous as the Buddist temples I saw in Japan, but it's interesting. There are many new buildings going up, so over time, there will be more to see.

The ride up by bus, (despite my feeling queasy) was great. It takes you through isolated neighborhoods surrounded by trees and you get occasional terrific views of the water.

Visited October 2012
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“A must experience for everyone...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This monastery is next to the big Buddha...need a full day to really experience the place. I normally take the ferry+bus route option..scenic trip. For the cable car one needs to book in advance and its pricey. I chose to review the monastery not the Buddha as for me the monastery just cannot be missed. The feel of the place though seems more commercial at first due to large crowds but soon the energy of the place envelopes you with all its beautiful shrines and temples. Being next to the big Buddha is an advantage as it increases its grandeur. The vegetarian food is very delicious and fresh and not expensive. The touristy shops outside provide the best Buddhist trinkets.

Visited May 2012
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“Great location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Some major redevelopment going on there at the moment (Oct 2012), which is juxtapose with the serenity of the place.
Some nice statues though, and an opportunity to donate towards the renovation and upkeep, if you're that way inclined.
Good view of the Big Buddha, and if it wasn't for the building works would be a wonderful place to chill out away from the crowds!

Visited October 2012
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“Worth seeing as part of the excellent Ngong Ping 360 attraction.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

To get to Po Lin Monastery, you need to buy cable car tix at the Ngong Ping 360 terminus at Tung Chung. The tix are excellent value as, not only are you treated to a spectacular 25 min cable car ride across Tung Chung Bay and Lantau Island parkland, you have free access to Ngong Ping Village (touristy but charming), the huge and impressive bronze Buddha statue and the very colourful Po Lin Monastery. It is a full daytrip if you have the time, and as the Po Lin Monastery is right next door to the Big Buddha, you must take a look. The outdoor area by the monastery has lots of pretty shade trees and seating, lovely if you don't mind the scent of incense burning. And there is LOTS of incense being burned as offerings to Buddha! (Probably best to avoid if you have breathing issues!) The main temple buildings are very colourful and make for fabulous photos. There is a vegetarian restaurant where you can dine in, however my friend and I bought veg food from a takeaway place next to the restaurant. I truly can't recommend it - I bought a dish of 3 type of tofu (spicy, sweet & sour, another I can't remember) and it was AWFUL! I love vegetarian meals and tofu, but this was horrible, both tastewise and visually. If I visited Ngong Ping again, I would have lunch at the Ngong Ping Village.

Visited September 2012
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