Though it has a short history of about 70 years, Po Lin Monastery is reputed as the “Kingdom in the South” with its grand size of construction, beautiful terrain. Built in 1924, it ranks as the top of the four Buddhist Monasteries in Hong Kong.
As the sacred Buddhist shrine in Hong Kong, Po Lin Monastery is the most popular scenic spot in Lantau Island. With an attitude of 520 meters, the sceneries around the Monastery are fascinating and gorgeous. Abundant Canon books are well preserved in the monastery. There are also the Sariputra of eminent monk and an abstinence hall.
Around the Po Lin Monastery is the only tea garden in Hong Kong where you can take the chance to taste famous teas. Staying in the monastery for the night and getting up early in the next morning, you can appreciate the sunrise on the Lantau Peak, which is the second highest peak in Hong Kong.
There is a square before the monastery, and standing in the center of it is a there-storey altar. When getting to the towering stone arches with three rooms, four pillars and three storeys, you will see the words “Po Lin Monastery” carved on the tablet in the right middle of the arches. Going through the arches, there is a small path leading to the door of the Monastery in front of you. This door features its layout, with a big stone table below and three caves. Three splendid halls stand in the center of the table, magnificent and brilliant, protected by railings. On the left side of the monastery, you can see a peak with a height of a few tens of meters, seemingly like the woodblock usually tapped by monks. Entering the mountain, looking over the right side, you will see a giant statue of the Buddha, named Sakyamuni Buddha, symbolizing three-tier terrace of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. You will enjoy the opportunity to appreciate various kinds of Buddhist works of art, murals, paintings etc. It takes 6 years to completely build the statue of the Buddha. The Buddha, joining with the Po Lin Monastery, has become a very famous scenic site in Hong Kong.
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