Located in Sha Tin area, 10,000 Buddhas Monastery is at the top of awesome free things to do in Hong Kong. It’s not as packed with tourists as Big Buddha is. We’ll tell you how to find it, and what you will see when you get there. It’s not the easiest place to find, but it’s worth a little bit of preparation. Don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for you. The views are spectacular. From great views of the city, to a mummified monk, this place has it all. Go here for a fun place to explore without all the crowds.
What is 10,000 Buddhas Monastery?
A group of monks, led by a man named Yuet Kai, labored for years to build this place. They carried the materials up here on their backs. Finally, in 1957 it was finished. Their hard work really paid off, it’s spectacular up there.
The temple is reached via a long staircase. Luckily the walk up is really great, as lining each side of the path are gold statues of Buddha, all with their own unique look and pose. Each one seems to have it’s own unique story to tell.
Some reviews claim that it’s really challenging. Don’t worry if you aren’t super fit, there are numerous places to stop and take a break along the way. The view of Hong Kong at the top is definitely worth the walk up, so wear comfortable shoes, and bring a bottle of water.
Once you reach the top, the temple there has floor to ceiling Buddha figures, and this is where the actual ‘10,000 Buddhas’ name comes from. In the center of this room, is a glass case with the mummified remains of the founder, Yuet Kai, who is in a seated position and covered in gold leaf paint. There are numerous signs asking people not to photograph, so we respected their wishes. So you will just have to go and see him for yourself! Check out the souvenirs, we bought a couple of cheap bracelets here. If you like what you see, make sure to leave a small donation as well.
Outside of the temple is a nice courtyard, and even a vegetarian restaurant. When you’re finished on this level, there are a few more stairs that will take you to the next level of the temple grounds, so make sure you don’t miss it. We had a great time exploring all over. There is even a giant Buddha riding on a dragon in front of a waterfall that was really beautiful.
How to find 10,000 Buddhas Monastery:
- Travel to the Sha Tin stop on the East Rail line and take Exit B.
- Take a left as you exit to outside and you will see a ramp heading down to the street. Walk down the ramp.
- At the bottom make a left and walk along the street there. When you come to the next intersection, you will see a place in front of you called Home Square. Cross the street and turn left.
- Walk past the Sha Tin Government building on your right and you will come to this place.
- This is not 10,000 Buddhas, but there is concrete path running between the parking garage, and the parking lot of this cemetery. When we went we saw a cone with a tiny sign here.
- Walk down that path until you come to a fork, go left.
- You will see the entrance after walking for another minute, with a big, clearly marked sign.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there is another way to exit when you leave the monastery. In the courtyard in front of the temple, at the far side of it from where you walked up is another staircase that leads down. So if you would like a different view, go this way. Some people have even wrote that you can see monkeys sometimes this way, though we didn’t, just a couple of dogs. I don’t have photos or directions for this way back, but we found it just fine.