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“Good exercise - Amazing to see”

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
Ranked #19 of 851 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 February 27, 2014

We took the MTR to Sha Tin and followed the tourist signs after coming out of the station. After a short walk we decided to ask for directions from a friendly local who pointed us to what must have been the back way to the monastery. My friend, who is decidedly the more safety conscious of the two of us was very concerned about the direction we were travelling. Admittedly, we seemed to be going through a neighbourhood which looked to be off the tourist path and every sign post warned us of theft in the area which did nothing to ease the concerns of my travelling companion. After some time we came upon some steep steps up. Towards the top we heard rustling in the trees and after a while we determined that there was a group of monkeys that were playing in the trees which was a lovely thing to watch. Towards the top golden statues started to line the path. The grounds were amazing. There is a vegetarian restaurant available if you happened to be a little peckish after the walk. Views are amazing (I didn't realize how high we had climbed). From what I could discern the place makes it's money from cremations. There are a number of places/buildings in which your ashes could be placed. Beautiful golden cubicles, where the deceased's photos and words of departure are etched. Yes it is a walk and it can be challenging if you do not love getting hot and bothered with walking up and down multitudes of stairs. However, I am happy I took the time to visit this beautiful place. Unique and spiritual. To me it was a glimpse into the path to the afterlife for the local people. I thoroughly recommend the visit.

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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Had an easy time using the MRT to get there. Not very touristy. Lovely climb up there with amazing buddha statues. (haha - some of them even looked like people we know). We got to stand in the fantastic greenery on the way up (in the rain - it rains a lot) and just listen to the hypnotic chanting of the monks in a small building. The temple is well worth the climb - there really are ten thousand buddhas and it just skews your sense of perspective. And you can only wonder at the strange large statues in the courtyard. We had lunch there, delicious vegetarian food. Be sure to be respectful and wait until the offering of food to the Buddha has been made first. We wandered out of the main courtyard and saw some interesting deserted dwellings and beautiful life-size, colourful statues of goddesses (sorry, I don't know much about Buddhism). Bonus - you don't have to go back down the way you came up - you get to go down another path lined with even more life-sized statues. Only plan this one activity for the day, as your legs with certainly feel it and its nice to spend lots of time up there just relaxing and enjoying the beauty.

Thank MillicentMayflower
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Not very convinced by the historical authenticity of all the statues. Do it if you've got nothing else to do really

Thank BecharaYen
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Another brilliant free attraction, every buddha is diffrent shape, size & faces, so many to see you dont realise how far or high up you are walking, nice temple and gift shops at the top, walk down on the other path and you will see monkeys in the trees, but beware they can be viciouse

Thank mandy701
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

... indeed, to climb 1000 steps or more, passing by numerous golden scholars, up to the interesting main pagoda.
My tip, use the escalator to the adjacent smaller temple as a shortcut and just to save energy.

Thank Wilf40
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