Guest Author - Taisha Turner
The Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong is the world tallest, outdoor seated bronze Buddha. The Hong Kong traveler must travel to the island and visit the world famous statue. The statue appears in many major motion pictures.
The 26-meter high Buddha is part of the Po Lin Monastery. The monastery’s monks had the Big Buddha cast in China. The statue weighs 202 tons. It took ten years to complete.
The Big Buddha is on Ngong Ping Plateau and is visable from afar. The bronze Buddha appears to shine in the strong Hong Kong sun. If you wish to see the statue up close, there is a flight of stairs which leads to it. One reward for the climb is the striking view of the island and the seas.
The Big Buddha is just one of the treasures in the Po Lin Monastery. Plan to spend a day and enjoy yourself. The monks serve vegetarian meals. Weekdays are less crowded than the weekends, so plan accordingly.
There are two forms of Hong Kong public transportation which reaches the island. Use your Octopus card as on all forms of Hong Kong public transportation.
1. Take the ferry from Central Pier, Hong Kong Island to Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo),Lantau Island. Take bus #2 to Po Lin Monastery.
2. Take Mass Transit Railway (MTR) to Tung Chung Station. Take bus #23 to Po Lin Monastery.
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