Our first stop was the Ten Thousand Buddha Hall, which contains over 12,800 small golden Buddha figures – it was the most breathtaking view that I had ever seen! (If you’re wondering about the whole numbering situation, wonder no more! There are almost 13,000 Buddha statues in the monastery. However ‘ten thousand’ simply represents a figurative term for an extremely large number in Cantonese tradition.)
Three large gilded Buddha statues are also on display in the main hall, behind the embalmed body of Reverend Yuet Kai, seated in the glass case.
Outside, between the main hall and pagoda stands the Kwun Yam (Goddess of Mercy) Pavillion.
…accompanied by gold bodhisattvas on one side and the 18 Luohan statues (which represent Buddha’s most important students) on the other.
Other various multicolored statues are also dotted about the terrace, such as a white elephant from Pu Xian (The Lord of Fire) and a blue lion which belongs to Wen Shu.
Trees decorated with red trinkets!
We were so excited to learn that the nine-storey pagoda can be climbed by an internal spiral staircase!
Buddha statues sit on the window ledges on each level, where you can get some pretty good views of the monastery.
You can even get a awesome panoramic view of Sha Tin on the top level!
Another interesting nugget of info: The pagoda was selected to represent the symbol of Hong Kong featured on the HK$100 banknote in 2001.
After our first walk in a pagoda, we continued to stroll around the monastery, passing many more gold statues and epic views from the top!
Now, do you remember that gold plaque way in the distance that we mentioned earlier?!
You see those mini ovals everywhere…you’ll never guess what they are! 😉
Making our way around the corner, we were greeted by terrapins and more gold statues.
We were completely taken aback when we discovered the stunning, white Kwun Yam statue in front of a waterfall, hidden away at the top of the Monastery!
She’s stood on a dragon!
As there was no one around, it was an incredible experience to witness such a beautiful sculpture in such peaceful surroundings.
Unfortunately we couldn’t stay forever as the loudspeakers were calling us back to the city as it was closing time. So we popped back down the hill, enjoying the company of our golden friends on the way!
If you’re in HK, we would definitely recommend visiting the Monastery. It’s open daily from 9am-5.30pm and it’s free admission! 😀