Fo Guang Shan
Fo Guang Shan
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksReligious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery (literally translated as Buddha’s Light Mountain Monastery) sits on a bamboo hill on the left bank of the Gaoping river. Here you will find the headquarters of a prominent Buddhist order, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the buildings within the monastery complex is characteristic of the traditional Buddhist monastery, but one may be pleasantly surprised with the array of visitor-friendly amenities on offer. The southeastern face of Fo Guang Shan Monastery features the prominent Great Buddha Land, which is home to a standing Buddha image of 48 metres in height, and 480 smaller Buddha images that surround it. English-speaking visitors may find information and maps in English at the Reception, and prior contact via email can be made to discuss free tour options.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, California4,578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    This was the main attraction on our port day in Kaohsiung when I organized a group tour in a chartered bus for 34 passengers on our cruise. All our group members were excited and enjoyed their visits at this location. The Great Buddha was definitely attractive and the museum provided plenty of information for all visitors about the place. It was relaxing just wandering around even under the heat and ended with a lunch at the vegetarian restaurant.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Steven S
    Pattaya, Thailand778 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive complex
    I took the E02 bus from bay 3 bus station outside MRT Zouying station. TWD70 each way or use your Easycard. This temple is one massive complex of buildings. Free entry. Quite hilly but they do provide a buggy service at what cost I don't know. I visited the main shrine, the walk through museum, the garden area and the great buddha surrounded by many many life size buddha statues. I probably could have stayed longer but the walking was taxing and I had to move on to the buddha museum.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom1,84,997 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Monastery With Impressive Statue
    I visited this monastery after almost a whole day in the associated Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. It’s a working monastery, but it was late in the day when I visited, so it was quite quiet. The main thing to see as a tourist is the 120 metre tall golden statue of Buddha Amitabha on the rooftop platform, which also has 480 standing Buddhas, mostly arranged around the boundary of the walking paths and around the aforementioned giant statue. It’s quite a climb to the roof area, but the statues and views are worth it.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,84,997 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I visited this monastery after almost a whole day in the associated Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. It’s a working monastery, but it was late in the day when I visited, so it was quite quiet. The main thing to see as a tourist is the 120 metre tall golden statue of Buddha Amitabha on the rooftop platform, which also has 480 standing Buddhas, mostly arranged around the boundary of the walking paths and around the aforementioned giant statue. It’s quite a climb to the roof area, but the statues and views are worth it.
Written 2 May 2024
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Christopher M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Absolutely magical. Went on a Monday afternoon so there were very few people around, which was quite lucky. I think to get the full experience you should probably block out a few hours to just wander around and enjoy all there is to see.
Written 4 April 2024
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We stayed overnight at this monastery in one of their accommodation blocks. The rooms are very simple and spartan, but also inconsistent: there's a phone, flat-screen TV, aircon, walk-in shower - but no WiFi signal and no toiletries or proper towels. Either be spartan, or be a proper hotel, one or the other. We had a superb evening meal in the Dining Room - absolutely delicious, lots of variety etc. And then we had the worst-ever breakfast of our tour - very poor. The monastery itself & grounds are very beautiful, as is the Buddha statue, guarded by hundreds of smaller Buddha statues, and the BUddhist graveyard. So a bit of a mixed bag, but on the whole an enjoyable visit.
Written 7 November 2023
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Steven S
Pattaya, Thailand778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I took the E02 bus from bay 3 bus station outside MRT Zouying station. TWD70 each way or use your Easycard.
This temple is one massive complex of buildings. Free entry. Quite hilly but they do provide a buggy service at what cost I don't know.
I visited the main shrine, the walk through museum, the garden area and the great buddha surrounded by many many life size buddha statues.
I probably could have stayed longer but the walking was taxing and I had to move on to the buddha museum.
Written 5 November 2023
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Walter K
Germany3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
To visitors cannot recommend: Restaurants and shops reminds of a shopping mall, too commercial, outside hundreds oft kitschy Buddhas, facility looks artificial, less spiritual…
Written 20 October 2023
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Hong Kong, China5,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The inside of the main building here compares favourably to the most impressive religious buildings I have ever seen, whether Catholic churches in Rome, Krakow and Vienna; temples in Thailand, Laos and Japan or mosques in Turkey, Oman or Brunei. It’s truly amazing, but no photos allowed! The vast interior is covered in statues of Buddha, as well as three beautiful large ones, and I can believe the thirty thousand number quotes by the super accommodating volunteer guides. The exterior is pretty incredible too and well worth seeing all of.
Written 21 August 2023
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This was the main attraction on our port day in Kaohsiung when I organized a group tour in a chartered bus for 34 passengers on our cruise. All our group members were excited and enjoyed their visits at this location. The Great Buddha was definitely attractive and the museum provided plenty of information for all visitors about the place. It was relaxing just wandering around even under the heat and ended with a lunch at the vegetarian restaurant.
Written 8 August 2023
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pianocello
Shah Alam, Malaysia1,867 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
There is actually two parts - the older Monastery and the newer Great Buddha Land otherwise known as Foguangshan Museum. Most people just visit the Great Buddha Land but you really need to allocate one whole day to visit both.
Written 26 April 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I was here yesterday as part of my pan-Taiwan tour. There was a prayer going on in the main hall and the chants were resonating around the monastery. It was astounding. The ambience. The atmosphere. The people. The monks were so kind - women wear black and men wear brown. This is also a university campus with halls and dedicated prayer rooms. It was so nice to walk around the massive place to see the different people engaging in their daily monasterical activities. The key piece is the massive golden statue of Buddha himself surrounded by many little ones. I could spend a day here and still come off wanting more. It is around half-anhour drive from the city.
Written 29 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Fo Guang Shan is one of the largest Buddhist organisations in Taiwan. "Fo Guang Shan" means "Buddha's Light Mountain." The monastery is abour 40 minutes drive from Kaohsiung City. It is a famous Buddhist centre, and it welcomes visitors.
Written 25 June 2022
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