The Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north this majestic bronze Buddha statue was completed in 1993. The Tian Tan is the second largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue in the world.
You need not be based in Ngong Ping to visit the temple. A short drive from Wan Chai Hotels Hong Kong will take you to the Po Lin Monastery. For visitors who plan to go sightseeing the Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong is one of the best options.
All the features of the Buddha statue including the eyes, lips, the incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combines to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha. This massive statue took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.
When you walk up the stairs and arrive at the platform you will notice six smaller bronze statues facing the giant Buddha statue. Each of the smaller statues is devas kneeled towards the Tian Tan is offering him flowers, fruits, incense, music, and ointment. Each of these offerings is symbolical and represents patience, morality, wisdom, charity, zeal, and meditation.
The serene atmosphere along with the breathtaking views of the Lantau Island will take you to a relaxed setting and it’s an indescribable feeling. The unique feature about the Big Buddha statue is that it faces north whilst all other Buddha statues are usually created facing the south.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.