Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
4.5
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This place is Temporarily Closed. Located on Lantau Island, this monastery features the Big Buddha (Tiantau), which is the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha in the world.
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  • hcd-1921
    Zurich, Switzerland63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit, when in the area
    This is a beautiful monastery, right next to Ngong Ping village and the big Buddha statue (separate review). When in the area, I definitely recommend visiting the monastery. Be aware that there are many believers who are praying and lighing incense so I try not to disturb them as I was "only" a tourist. Particularly impressive are the gold buddha statues in one of the halls. What I also enjoyed was the small exhibition on how the Buddha was built. FYI: a visit to the monastery is also free but there are donation boxes
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 October 2023
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The Monastery is next to Big Budha and is worth visiting. Absolutely fantastic decor, with several courtyards and temples. When we visit it is practically empty, which made the visit very pleasant. The interior of the temples is beautiful. Of particular note is the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas absolutely fabulous Don't miss it
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
  • Ronal
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and serene monastery in the hills of Lantau Island.
    Beautiful and serene monastery in the hills of Lantau Island. Incredible architecture, artistry and a sense of calmness, especially in the hall of 1000 buddhas. Try to visit as early as possible to avoid the crowds and get a sense of the peace. Please be respectful of the monastery and temple, dress and behave appropriately even though they are not strict on such rules. Well worth a visit as part of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride and Tian Tan Buddha visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
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Ronal
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful and serene monastery in the hills of Lantau Island. Incredible architecture, artistry and a sense of calmness, especially in the hall of 1000 buddhas.
Try to visit as early as possible to avoid the crowds and get a sense of the peace.
Please be respectful of the monastery and temple, dress and behave appropriately even though they are not strict on such rules.

Well worth a visit as part of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride and Tian Tan Buddha visit.
Written 8 June 2024
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Monastery is next to Big Budha and is worth visiting. Absolutely fantastic decor, with several courtyards and temples. When we visit it is practically empty, which made the visit very pleasant. The interior of the temples is beautiful. Of particular note is the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas absolutely fabulous
Don't miss it
Written 16 April 2024
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Shalli Ang
Singapore, Singapore764 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
we head for the monastery of the big buddha after walking the village. Hardly any crowd in the quiet temple.
Written 27 December 2023
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hcd-1921
Zurich, Switzerland63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful monastery, right next to Ngong Ping village and the big Buddha statue (separate review). When in the area, I definitely recommend visiting the monastery. Be aware that there are many believers who are praying and lighing incense so I try not to disturb them as I was "only" a tourist. Particularly impressive are the gold buddha statues in one of the halls. What I also enjoyed was the small exhibition on how the Buddha was built.
FYI: a visit to the monastery is also free but there are donation boxes
Written 4 October 2023
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Fearless171493
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A very big, spectacular yet quiet monastery located 10 minutes far from the cable car. It also serves vegetarian dinners with a delicious tofu desert. We would recommend visiting this place as it’s still vibrant and full of Buddhist believers.
Written 21 July 2023
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Shannon
Suva, Fiji1,138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Brilliant well maintained religious architecture. There is a vegetarian restaurant on site which was full on my visit. Visiting the temple is free, there's no dress code and meal donations can be done on site. Would recommend
Written 10 June 2023
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Colin
Cape Coral, FL1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The Buddha itself is not very old but that does not take anything of the beauty of this place.
The monastery is beautiful and a little village has been established to entertain tourists even more.

Stunning views and a beautiful landscape - the bus drive or gondola alone are worth the travel.
Written 24 May 2023
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We found this Monastery complex very beautiful with the incense burners, flower displays, numerous, often multi-story, buildings with highly ornate carvings and carp pools in carefully cultivated gardens. There is a mixture of older and newer buildings but it is difficult to tell the difference. The Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) is an extension of the Monastery but since it was very foggy on the day we visited it was easier to admire the Monastery. There is a pathway lined with statues of warrior gods leading to the Po Lin Monastery from the central point that also leads to the stairs of the Big Buddha. It is possible to view the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas when it is not used for worship but no photos are allowed.

When my friend was here last time she said there were lots of cows. We saw no cows this time but lots of dogs with signs to beware of them. We didn't eat at the vegetarian restaurant there but they sell tickets for the food at the gate or you can eat in Ngong Ping Village. We arrived via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and afterwards we took the bus from the Ngong Ping village down to the Tai O village before using another bus and ferry to return to Hong Kong. If you come to see the Big Buddha it would be a shame to miss this charming monastery.
Written 27 February 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,926 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Po Lin Monastery is the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong for sure. It certainly does not offer the serene, peaceful experience like any other religious institutions. The building itself is pretty grand, though. Unfortunately signboard or illustration is lacking. A good place to meander and spend a couple hours.
Written 25 August 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The imposing Big Buddha is the star attraction at Ngong Ping. The Po Lin Monastery stands beneath it and although it isn’t as showy, is quietly beautiful.
It started off very modestly as a single thatched hut, founded in 1906 by 3 visiting monks. Today it is a large complex, with gardens, shrines, palatial halls and pagodas with evocative names like the Hall of Great Perfection, the Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the Pagoda of the Lotus Sutra.
It is a functioning monastery so, understandable, no photography is allowed inside. However you can get a simple vegetarian meal in the canteen style restaurant.
Entry to The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is free (although there is a fee to visit the separate halls beneath the Buddha).
NOTE: If you are planning on visiting, be aware that the Buddha is currently covered in scaffolding and is undergoing renovation but you can still visit the monastery and the nearby Wisdom Path.
Written 28 July 2021
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