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“Brilliant cultural experience”

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
Ranked #19 of 847 things to do in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Fantastic monastery with the most beautiful statues. A real cultural experience. The walk up lots of steps not for the feint hearted on a hot day! Lovely pagoda at the top as well as wild monkeys. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This was a neat place to visit. Buddhas are everywhere. Warning it is a big climb to the top, my wife was ready to bail, and would be rough for children under 10. The reviews that said it is hard to find are are valid, we kind of stumbled to it. We got off at the bus station and went through the mall to get on the other side. Make a right at the end of the walk way and then you will hit a small cultasac on your left, at the end of the cultasac look for some small signs to direct you. At the top is a cafe to rest and get a Coke and some vegetarian egg rolls. Very intersting as a Westerner first visiting a Buddhist Temple.

2  Thank johnucfsae
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Luckily I had a guide book with me to tell me about this place since it wasn't originally on my list of places to go.
After seeing this sight, it was well worth the sweaty hot climb to the summit of the hill.
It's location is superb and as others have already mentioned, a very close walking distance to the Sha Tin MTR station. To get there, when you come up out of the MTR, look for Exit A (I believe), and follow the walkway to the left. Keep walking and you will then exit the MTR station. As you look up the ridge and to the mountains you may spot a tall white and maroon colored pagoda. The monastery is in this direction. Keep walking along the same sidewalk you used on the left hand side to get out of the MTR station.
As you reach the end of the walkway you'll see a white colored arch with two guardian lions on either side.
You are now nearing the location. Turn right when you reach this white arch and keep walking up the small hill PAST this entrance. Then, just look for the yellow with black writing sign that says Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery and then, you will begin your walk up the hill. If you're not entirely in shape for climbing (like myself), you may get very sweaty and need to take a few breaks on the way up. On your way though, there are Buddha statues on either side of the walkway.
Once reaching the top, it's the main monastery that's well worth the challenging climb. Very well kept and well painted shrines, statues, and of course Buddhas lining the temple grounds.
There is also a small eatery where you can buy food or drinks for those that may want a short rest and a bite to eat.
There are also some different levels you can climb to where other small shrines are located. There are also monkeys wandering about in one part of the temple so watch out. I saw one run along a fence and try to take a swipe at a couple who was unaware it was encroaching towards them.
Anyways in conclusion the trip to the top is worth it as the views are nice and the elements to see within the temple ground are quite cool. That and again, it's yet another destination that's very close to an MTR station much like many other sights in HK.
* Most notably, admission to this monastery is free of charge.

3  Thank Jeff206
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Went during the week with a group on a lovely sunny day and was a really nice walk up the hill. There are quite a few stairs & a ramp so be prepared, wear comfortable shoes and take some water, especially if it's a typically humid day in HK. When you get to the top there are some beautifully painted statues, it's a pity that nothing is written in English so as to know more about their significance and symbolic elements. You are able to enter the temples, as long as you are respectfully quiet. On a clear day, it's a lovely view of HK, especially if you continue all the way up to where there is sometimes a waterfall and a beautifully white statue (though I wonder how long it will last white with all the HK pollution). It was a very peaceful place on the weekday and it's free to go up so it's well worth the visit. It's a very short walk from New Town Plaza and Ikea (if you need some landmarks). You'll be amazed by the number of Buddhas.

1  Thank SpotOnTheMap
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

You must prepare to climb the steps up to the monastery. But it is a interesting climb, where you will see different "luohan" statues along the climb. You could see that the monastery had became more touristic place than praying place. As I was there during weekend, you can see lots of people including Filipinos taking pictures at the various Buddha statues though there are signages saying photography. It could be interesting to them as there is no entrance fees like big Buddha ad it is easy to reach via mtr.

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