Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – Hong Kong

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – Hong Kong


The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple located in  220 Pai Tau Village in Hong Kong. Its designation as a monastery is actually a bit misleading because there are no monks who live at at the complex, which is managed solely by regular people.

The walk/climb up to the monastery is an something to look forward to itself, as the path is lined on both sides with thousands of golden Buddhas, each with unique facial features, expressions, and in different poses. Despite the common translation of its name, the monastery in fact contains nearly 13,000 Buddha statues.

The Monastery was founded in 1951 by the Yuet Kai  who moved to Hong Kong in 1933 to teach the people of Hong Kong the teachings of the Buddha.It’s interesting to note that  Yuet Kai and his followers built everything by hand and personally transported supplies from the base of the hill all the way to the top.

One of the legends related to the monastery is that eight months after the founder died,  his body was found to be completely preserved a result of the seated lotus position he was buried in.Newspapers at the time refuted this and insisted that he was in fact embalmed, and today his body is exhibited in the main hall of the monastery.


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