If you are already at the Big Buddha statue make sure to have a look at the Po Lin Monastery, too. The Po Lin Monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks and has a continuous history of over 100 years now. Surrounded by lush green and hilly mountains, Po Lin Monastery is located right on top of the Ngong Ping Plateau and is a beautiful way to enjoy the tranquil settings. Just a short side note: in case you might wonder what the name Po Lin means it literally could be translated to “Precious Lotus” (the lotus is one of the most important plants in Buddhism).

Pai Lau of Po Lin Monastery on Ngong Ping Piazza

Pai Lau of Po Lin Monastery on Ngong Ping Piazza

Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Po Ling Monastery of Ngong Ping

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Po Ling Monastery of Ngong Ping

Take your time to stroll around the different buildings, halls and temples and you have the chance to encounter and discover various figures and gods of the Buddhism religion. Walk through the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda where the typical welcoming and jovial Buddha Maitreya welcomes each visitor. In addition, you can take a closer look at the figures or statues of the Four Heavenly Kings on each side. When you walk outside the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda you will notice the building right in front of you. It is the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha where you can find the Buddha Bhaisajyaguru (Master of Healing), Buddha Sakyamuni and Buddha Amitabha (Buddha of Unlimited Light and Life Spans). May be you also have the chance to meet some of the monks or see one of their ceremonies.

Main Temple of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Main Temple of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Temple of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Temple of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Interior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Interior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Interior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Interior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Inside Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Inside Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Exterior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

Exterior of Po Lin Monastery of Ngong Ping

If you are interested in the typical life of a monk you also have the chance to try some typical vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian Dishes are served at the Dining Hall and Fat Ho Memorial Hall of the Po Lin Monastery. Dishes are prepared with natural materials and are supposed to be quite healthy. The vegetarian kitchen operates from 11:30 am till 4:30 pm. In case you don’t want to have a full course of dishes you also can enjoy some traditional snacks just opposite the dining hall including steamed cakes, spring water bean curd, glutinous rice dumplings with mango filling, noodles and salty dim sums.

Vegetarian Restaurant of Po Lin Monastery

Vegetarian Restaurant of Po Lin Monastery

Vegetarian Restaurant of Po Lin Monastery

Vegetarian Restaurant of Po Lin Monastery

Currently, the Po Lin Monastery has lots of constructions going on and you also can see the rising of a new building. Located just behind the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha you already can spot the fundaments of the newly designed Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas with an area covering more than 6000 square meters.

Make sure to stop at the Reunification Cauldron on your way back out. This special cauldron commemorates the return of Hong Kong to China and if you take a closer look you will notice the bauhinia flowers.

The Po Lin Monastery is free of charge and open to the public from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

How to Get to the Po Lin Monastery:

For more details about how to get to Ngong Ping Village, please refer to the article “Big Buddha/Giant Buddha – Hong Kong Top Attractions.

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