Yesterday, I was able to visit the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery. Although it isn't an actual monastery, nevertheless it was a beautiful excursion. It has been raining the last couple weeks with only a few days with sunshine. Yesterday was one of those days so my friends and I decided to take a trip to the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery.
The Monastery is relatively new compared to other structures in Hong Kong. Venerable Yuet Kai founded this monastery and started building it in 1933. He finally completed the monastery in 1957. Therefore, the monastery is roughly 60 or so years old and it is in great shape still.
The monastery is along one of the mountainsides in Sha Tin. There are a total of 431 steps going uphill to the many different temples with 12,800 buddhas lining the walk up and the walls of the temples. Each buddha is different! There are different animals, facial expressions, and poses from each buddha. It's really cool and you can stop and take pictures with your favorite looking ones. In the main hall of one of the temples is Venerable Yuet Kai's body covered in gold and protected in a glass case.
We went on a beautiful day but it was extremely humid and hot out too. The walk up isn't bad but if you have weak knees, I wouldn't recommend this excursion. In addition to that there's a mall not too far away from the monastery so you can go to the mall and treat yourself after the small hike. We went to IKEA afterwards and it was packed! But it was a great way to spend Sunday!