In this post, we are going to introduce to you a very special Buddhist temple in Hong Kong which has a 76 meters tall Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara statue. The area of the temple is about 500,000 square feet which gives you a very space environment to relax in a busy city.
About Tsz Shan Monastery
Tsz Shan Monastery is located at Tung Tsz, Tai Po. It is at the country side area of Hong Kong and to get there, you have to take green van from the Tai Po Market station. The van journey is about 20 minutes and it will take you right to the inside area of the temple. The temple is about 500,000 square feet, it is one the the biggest Buddhist temple in Hong Kong.
Once you enter the center area of the temple complex, there is an large open area with the Mahavira Hall in front and the hall of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara at the right side, a pond is in front of the hall of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. The area is huge and you could relax and feel the atmosphere and energy of the temple. At the Mahavira Hall, there is the statue of the Gautama Buddha (The Buddha) the founder of Buddhism.
76 meters tall statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara
What makes this place special is that it has a 76 meters tall statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. It is a white color status with a vase on the left hand and a cintamani on the right hand. Normally accordingly to the Chinese culture, prayers would burn incense sticks at the temple, however in the area near the status, there is a bronze water vessel called “the Thousand Wishes Pond”, prayers could pay offering to the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara by pour one bowl of water into the pond. Standing in front and under the statue, the feeling is like the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara pours water from the vase and purify the mind and the body.
Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum
Under the statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, there is a Buddhist Art Museum which contains different statue sculptures of different Buddha and Bodhisattva at the ground floor and different Buddhist books and sutra at the upper floors. However only the ground floor is allow to take photos. The museum is a must visit during the trip of Tsz Shan Monastery.
The surrounding view of Tsz Shan Monastery
By standing at the edge of the front side area of the temple, you could look at the view of the country side of Hong Kong, with the Plover Cove Reservoir in front. The beautiful view with water, tree and blue sky is like a traditional water color Chinese painting.
The temple should be in the top 10 must visit places list for your trip in Hong Kong, however currently it is only accept visitors with successfully booking, you should book your place of visit long before your trip to Hong Kong to confirm your place of visit. The booking can be done at:
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