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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
Ranked #18 of 812 things to do in Hong Kong
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
Hong Kong
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“Worth the Effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

If you have the time to journey out into the New Territories, I’d highly suggest making a stop in Sha Tin to trek up to the 10,000 Buddha’s Monastery. Sitting at the top of a hill, reached by winding steps lined with gold-painted plaster Buddhas, the temple is one of Hong Kong’s most intriguing, especially for Western tourists. The complex also features a cheap vegetarian restaurant, which compliments the spiritual experience. The long-dead founder of the monastery is entombed in a glass box, gilt in gold for all to see, inside the main temple. And the 12,000-plus Buddha statues make for endless exploration. Even though the majority of them are only mere inches in height, believe it or not, no two are identical!

Visited November 2011
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“A good work out.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Put on your comfortable shoes and cool clothing..! A good exercise trek up to the monastery. Not recommended for those who are very unfit. Worth a visit to see all the deities.

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“Very glad we went”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

Amazing! Unfortunately photos not allowed in the actual temple where the 10,000 little buddhas are, but plenty of other things to take photos of! Takes about 15-20 minutes to walk up, but plenty of rest stops along the way, with seats.

Visited September 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“A Long Climb - worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We took the train to Sha Tin and followed the signs to the monastery entrance. There is another temple nearby commemorating the dead and it is interesting to visit but not the 10,000 Buddha Monastery so be careful. Also beware of fake monks who will try and fleece you for donations of $HK100. There are warning signs saying that the genuine monks do not beg, but these guys position themselves before you get to the sign. Don't give them anything!
The walk up to the monastery is steep but exhilarating and from time to time monkeys will run across the path. The path is lined with golden statues.
The monastery proper has two levels. The first level is especially beautiful with an ornate pagoda and more statues. One of the temples has walls lined with little Buddha statues. Then a further climb to the top temple - worth the effort for the buildings are in excellent repair.
This is a Grade 3 Heritage Site and may be a bit off the beaten track, but worth the climb.

Visited October 2012
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“A quiet retreat after a long day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

We took the train to Sha Tin from downtown. It cost about 80p followed the sign posts and took the long walk up to the Monastery. Yes there are ten thousand buddhas its a wonderful place,full of humble repose and deep contemplation. We had a wonderful morning here just drinking in the atmostphere. The temple is beautiful and all those buddhas are amazing....

Visited September 2012
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