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“Great temple, lots of buddha statues to photograph, difficult to find”

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
Ranked #19 of 840 things to do in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
Reviewed 14 March 2011

We frequently visit the 10,000 buddha monastery with visitors that come to Hong Kong. Along with the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Shatin, it makes a great way to spend the better part of a day during a trip to Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky getting to this monastery, we don't recommend attempting to walk up to the temple through the village, its just a tad bit tricky if there are not lots of visitors coming down the other way. Instead, aim towards the IKEA building once you exit the Shatin MTR station, you'll need to find your way towards the back of the building that is behind the IKEA building, this is the where the steep footpath begins to ascend to the temple. Once you make your way towards that area, the path is easy to find and there will likely be others making their way up to the temple.

Warning: This is a very steep climb and most require rest on occasion. We don't advise this for elderly visitors or those in poor health. While the path of paved, it is steep and takes a good 20 minutes to climb on a good day. The Benefit, if you can make it, is an astonishing number of great buddha statues to photograph. Perhaps the monkeys will be out to entertain you as well.

During Chinese New Year, this is a great temple to visit, especially if you can catch the lion dances held there in the morning. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 9 February 2011

We found the right path by following the below directions - go to Sha Tin, heads towards the Home Space mall, cross the road as if entering the mall but urn left to walk down the road, keeping the mall on your right, cross one road, pass the government building and then hit the cemetery. Between the building and the cemetery entrance, there is an alleyway that looks uninviting - trust us, walk up it, and you hit the trail for the climb flanked by awesome statues.

Climb the 400+ steps slowly to grab pics of these statues and make your way up to the monastery. Either the statues are of monks or they are incarnations of Buddha - but they are not the 10,000 Buddhas of the title. This is reserved for the main hall of the monastery that has thousands of golden buddhas lining the walls.

It helped that the weather was a gorgeous 20/70 degrees (C/F) and the sun was shining and that they had finished some of the construction work I had heard about. As it was New Year, there were lots of Hong Kongese praying, wishing and leaving tributes to Buddha, and it was a wonderful place to sit and watch people. We recommend going back out the way you came into the main part of the monastery and climbing up again as there are several gold statues in the hills and a beautiful white statue as well. Climb down the back way (by the main part of the monastery) and it's a quicker journey, but not as many statues.

It was fun and beautiful and really worth the trip out there - it takes about 20/30 mins from TST with 2 changes but we go a taxi for about £9 so we could see more of Hong Kong.

4  Thank lizziejb
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Reviewed 3 December 2010

We had read about this monastery before our trip but didn't take care to write down the directions before we decided to visit. As a result, we ended up visiting the Po Fook Hill Ancestral Halls first, but no harm done because they were also quite fascinating.

We realised our mistake and eventually found the path to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery.

I may be wrong, but the gold statues lining the walking path up the hill appeared to me to be monks, and the 10,000 Buddhas are housed in the temples on the first and second levels at the top of the hill.

It's a very interesting place, although apparently it's no longer an active monastery as monks no longer live there and the facility is managed by laypersons.

Well worth a visit, but make sure you don't use flash photography inside the actual temples.

2  Thank Kellyansapansa
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Reviewed 26 November 2010

This Temple is about an hour from the City centre by Metro, but worth the trip. We followed the instructions in the previous reviews and found the Temple easily: I think if we had followed the official signposts we may have gone wrong a couple of times as some were placed in obscure positions. The Temple is on a hill, so be prepared for some steep slopes. Entry is free and allow about an hour for your visit.

General tip: Real monks never beg.

5  Thank HolidayForUs
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

I have something to add to LiveTraveling review, I just went there based on his review and there are 2 ways to get there. After you walk past the Central Home Plaza mall, make a right on the street in between the back of the mall and in front of the Sha Tin gov't office. Cross the street to the gov't office sidewalk and walk it towards the end of the street. You'll see a small waist high, yellow sign in English. As of this review, there are fences on that part covering the vegetation only, the walk way path is clear to the start of the site. I came back from the site using this path following the locals.

If you happen to walk past the gov't office make sure you follow the building because you are walking behind the gov't office to get there. Do not walk up on the street to the other temple because that way doesn't connect to the 10000 buddha path. You should be within literally an arms length from the building when walking this way.

The monastery doesn't solicit and like a fool, we gave the monk some money but he was persistent... After I walked down, I heard some locals saying they don't recognize him from the area and that he spoke Mandarin which should give it away. You don't know if he's a monk or something else in guise.

We only made it up to the first temple before it started to rain. There's a restaurant up there if you need to get water and drinks. This is the first time, I've been here after coming to HK for the 3rd time.

I would also second the recommend using the bathroom at the mall before going back to the train station.

10  Thank harvey79g
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