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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, locally know as Man Fat Tsz, is a Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin New Territories. It is not really on Hong Kong’s tourist circuit so it’s a great place to visit for a little peace and quiet, despite being home to lots of wild monkeys.
The history of the monastery is quite unique. It was built by one man – Yuet Kai – who started construction in 1949 and finished the main building eight years later. Legend has it he carried all of the construction materials to the building site himself. Once the building was completed, he set about creating the 12,800 Buddha statues that gave the temple its name and which line the path to the temple to this day.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is not an active monastery so there are no monks living at the site. Nonetheless tourists should behave respectfully when visiting. It really is a beautiful and relaxing place to visit though there is a steep climb up a path with 430 steps to the monastery. It’s worth the effort though if you want a more authentic Hong Kong experience. To get there take the MRT to Sha Tin and get out at Exit A2. The path to the monastery is just past Po Fook memorial hill.
Address and contact: Tai Po Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2691 1067
Opening times and fees: 09:00–17:30 daily; free entryWhere to stay
With a central location near Sha Tin Road, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is easily accessible by MRT and bus, and easy to reach by taxi and car from central Hong Kong. However, there are a number of hotels near Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery as well.
The most popular of the hotels near Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery are four- and five-star properties with a good selection of air-conditioned rooms and the amenities you would expect from quality accommodation, like flat screen TVs, coffee or tea makers and minibars. Many of these establishments have swimming pools and spas, plus a choice of onsite dining options. There are also a number of three-star places to stay in the area for those looking for more modest accommodation.