Ngong Ping Piazza is one of the latest attractions next to Ngong Ping Village. The Ngong Ping Piazza was officially opened on August 2nd, 2010 and can be regarded as the link to the various other attractions in close vicinity including Po Lin Monastery, the Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Ngong Ping Village as well as the Wisdom Path. With an area of about 1.5 hectares, Ngong Ping Piazza blends seamlessly with the other religious attractions and basically consists of four components called Pai Lau, Bodhi Path, Di Tan and a Chinese garden.
Right at the entrance of the Ngong Ping Piazza you will notice the big entrance gate or “Pai Lau” which some might associate and/or characterize with tranquility and solemnity. When you take a closer look you will notice architectural influences and elements of the Qing Dynasty. You might ask why a newly built gate has these kinds of elements, but the explanation is rather simple since the newly built up gate should match the other one close to the entrance of the Po Lin Monastery.
The new Pai Lau will lead you to the 120 meter long “Bodhi Path”. Along the Bodhi Path are 12 statues and about 40 lotus-shaped stone lanterns. The statues represent the “12 Divine Generals”. The “12 Divine Generals” are regarded as protectors and represent an important component in Buddhism. You might wonder why there are 12 generals and not 11 or 13. Each general is responsible to guard a two-hour section of the day, hence the number of 12 statutes. In addition, each general also represents one of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs.
At the end of the Bodhi Path you will see four lotus ponds (Di Tan) which is basically the piazza’s center and one of the venues where religious ceremonies are held by the Po Lin Monastery. Last but not least, there is also a Chinese garden.
How to Get to the Ngong Ping Piazza:
For more details about how to get to Ngong Ping Piazza, please refer to the article “Big Buddha/Giant Buddha – Hong Kong Top Attractions.
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