Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha

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Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha information

Location
Hong Kong , China
Address
Lantau Island
Telephone
+852 852 2985 5248
Opening hours
9am-6pm
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Po Lin is a huge Buddhist monastery and temple complex that was built in 1924. Today it seems more of a tourist honeypot than a religious retreat, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and still being expanded. Most of the buildings you'll see on arrival are new, with the older, simpler ones tucked away behind them. The big draw is the enormous seated bronze Buddha, a must-see on any Hong Kong trip.

Commonly known as the ‘Big Buddha’, the Tian Tan Buddha is a representation of Lord Gautama some 23m high (or 26.4m with the lotus), or just under 34m if you include the podium. It was unveiled in 1993, and today it still holds the honour as the tallest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world.