Amidst the hustle and bustle of Kowloon, there is a sacred site that exudes a sense of peace and calm; welcome to the Chi Lin Nunnery. Not only is it the largest hand-made wooden building in the world, it has also been constructed with nary a nail in sight!
Planning your visit
This Buddhist temple can be found in the Diamond Hill area of Kowloon, about a five minute walk from Exit C2 of the Diamond Hill MTR Station. A 10 to 15 minute taxi ride from Dorsett Kwun Tong, the site is easy to reach from such hotels in Kwun Tong, Kowloon.
No nails at all!
One of the truly unique features of the Chi Lin Nunnery is that not a single nail was used in its construction. Built to showcase the harmonious existence between humans and nature, this structure has interlocking sections made from wood, making it a quite fascinating attraction.
Built to depict Tang dynasty design and style, this site has several highlights including the Hall of Celestial Kings where you will find a sizeable statue of a seated Buddha. At the Main Hall there is a statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha along with two seated Bodhisattvas.
One of the key elements of the Chi Lin Nunnery is its lotus ponds which add a sense of true tranquillity. Set amidst bougainvillea and other plants, this serene space offers the perfect escape to enjoy some quiet time away from the frenetic city streets.
Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+