Friday, November 7, 2014

Tian tian budha

Tian tian budha on lan tau island hongkong

Executive summary by darmansjah
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

Visiting and access

Po Lin Monastery and the Buddha are open to the public between 10:00 and 17:45. Access to the outside of the Buddha is free of charge, but there is an admission fee to go inside the Buddha.

Visitors may also see the nearby monastery, known as the "Buddhist Kingdom in the South," which serves as an international Buddhist retreat, and is one of the largest and most well known in Hong Kong. The monastery was built by three Zen masters in 1920. The main temples have painted vermilion interiors with dragons and many other different Chinese mythical figures on the walls and ceilings. Visitors often spend time in the attached tea garden, the only tea garden in the territory. A five minute walk past the tea garden leads to the "Wisdom Path" - 38 calligraphies by famous contemporary scholar Professor Jao Tsung-I of verses from the Heart Sutra on as many high wooden columns reminiscent of bamboo tiles (zhujian), set within a figure 8 to symbolise infinity

One of the main attractions of this Buddha statue is climbing 268 steps and circling the platform (the lotus) where the Buddha sits.

Also nearby is Lantau Peak, the second highest mountain in Hong Kong.

Public transport

Visitors can reach the site by bus or taxi, travelling first to Mui Wo (also known as "Silvermine Bay") via ferry from the Outlying Islands piers in Central (pier No. 6) or to Tung Chung station via the MTR, or cable car. Visitors may then travel to and from the Buddha via the following bus routes:
Mui Wo ↔ Ngong Ping — NLB No. 2
ung Chung ↔ Ngong Ping — NLB No. 23
The Ngong Ping 360 gondola lift between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping (25 minutes)

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