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Visit the Most Beautiful Temples in Hong Kong – Stunning Historical Attractions

The temples of Hong Kong are stunning, serene and quite impressive. The best season to visit these shrines is from October to December when it's cool. Listed are the most spiritual sanctuaries.


Chi Lin Nunnery

Founded in 1934, this is one of Hong Kong's largest Buddhist temples sitting on the Diamond Hills in Kowloon Hong Kong. In 1990, the shrine was redesigned to represent traditional Tang Dynasty architectural styles. Inside are halls home to the distinct styles of Buddhist statues; they are of Guanyin the Goddess of Mercy, the Sakyamuni Buddha and Bodhisattva; statues are made from clay, gold and wood. The building is quite impressive and is the world's largest handmade building fashioned out of cypress wood. The complex consists of 16 halls and a serene garden at the entrance.


Miu Fat Buddhist Monastery

First built in 1950 this monastery was a three storey building, it was later reconstructed to include 10 stories in 2010. The monastery sits in the Lam Tei Tuen Mun District. The place is made up of a community hall, a Buddhist shrine, a library, a kitchen dishing out vegetarian delights and a number of cultural welfare facilities. There are two halls, one being the 'Ten Thousand Buddha's Hall' and the other named the 'Mahavira Hall', home to three gold-plated statues of the Buddha's Sakyamuni. The entrance to the monastery is quite impressive, boasting two pillars along which golden dragons are wrapped. Easy to reach from a well located Hong Kong hotel, this monastery has much to offer the curious tourist.


Tsing Shan Monastery

Located at the base of Castle Peak, this is one of Hong Kong's oldest temples. On the portico, Chinese characters are engraved, meaning fragrant sea and prestigious mountain, the main hall dedicated to Dou Lao is named Ching Wan Koon. Dou Lao is a Chinese god many pray to for relief from daily worries. A pleasant 45 minute drive from the Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong, this temple may be your answer, for a worry free holiday.


Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery

Buddhist layman Yuet Kai founded the Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery in 1955. Construction took eight years, and the monk himself carried most of the construction material. A staggering 12,800 Buddha statues were cast for the temple. Inside you can view the preserved body of Yuet Kai, so honoured for his many efforts. The complex comprises of five halls and a vast number of statues; most of these are displayed outdoors and are featured in various poses.


Po Lin Monastery

Located on beautiful Lotus Island, the Po Lin Monastery was founded in 1906. The main attraction consists of three bronze Buddha statues which were built to represent the present, past and future. The picturesque temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. Make sure to check out the stalls selling traditional wooden bracelets located close to the temple. Ideal to plan a day out from your hotel in Wan Chai, Lotus Island is lovely to explore.

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