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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)
Ranked #32 of 899 things to do in Hong Kong
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
Reviewed 7 November 2009

This is a must-see attraction in Hong Kong. Although there are more than 400 steps to climb, it's a very pleasant hike. The path is lined with lots of buddhas so you can take lots of photos imitating their poses and expressions!

At the top, the actual temple houses little golden buddhas, all with unique poses. This had to be one of the most amazing sights I ever came across in my life. The giant Kwan Yu and Guan Yin statues outside were not shabby either.

There's also vegetarian restaurant (we didn't try as we didn't know before hand) at the top, which serves lunch for HKD45 - quite the bargain.

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Reviewed 12 October 2009

We only got a glimpse of the Buddhas in their shiny gold due to following the wrong path! There is a sign to point you in the right direction, but it still wasn't clear to use which way to go - we got probably a stone throw away and due to it being late in the afternoon and very warm we didn't try and locate the correct path. Maybe next time!

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Reviewed 11 May 2009

This place is under construction currently and that's probably why it's not in many guide books. At the big buddha, there are several signs asking for donations for the 10,000 site. So, this place will only get better from now. That being said, it is already a must see! Other reviews have the specific directions which is helpful. I say just go to Sha Tin station and ask a staff member. They'll point you in the right direction. There is a sign or two which will help you along the way too. Not too tough to find. Seeing all the golden statues on the hike up is sweet. Taking picures imitating each pose is so fun even for a 28-year-old like myself. I'm a kid at heart! Once you get to the top, the view is great and so is the monastery. All the mini statues inside and the bigger ones outside make for quite the site. This is a must see in my opinion. Free of charge but I donated a little at the top.

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Reviewed 12 October 2008

Bit of a walk up a steep hill but the buddhas are FANTASTIC !! - we was quite surprised they don't even charge for admission as we would have gladly paid.Well worth a visit !!

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Reviewed 6 December 2007

www.10kbuddhas.org is the main web site to visit before heading to the 10K monastary. It's a good place to start and determine if you want to hike up the hill or not. The monastary is located in the New Territories at a town called Shatin pai Tau Village, just outside of the Hong Kong city.

When and who were the travelers : Late September and three single females in their late 20s.

Getting there:
We took the train from Hong Kong to the KCR Sha Tin Railway Station. I don't remember how long the ride was, but it was more than 1/2 hr. Taking the train was easy because on each car of the train (at least the one we took) had electronical maps of the train route under the exit/entrance door. There is a blinking light indicating where the train is located on the route. The name of each location on the map were both in Chinese characters and English, which made our journey easy.

When we got off, we took the Exit B, walked down the pedestrian ramp and saw the hills to the left. Look for a RED Pagoda, it should be clearly visible from KCR Station. Walk a few blocks north and you'll see an IKEA store sign. Turn left onto Pai Tau Street. Keep to the right side of the road and follow it around to the gate where the signposted path starts. There should be a gray building to the right and the cemetary entrance to the left. This pathway is the best side to reach the top of the monastary.

Don't be confused by the White Pagoda on the left of Pai Tau Road. That's the cemetary, not the temple. If you see an escalator and a pretty landscape, you're at the wrong entrace. We made the mistake of going to the cemetary and not look for the sign posted for the monastary. It was all good... we paid respect to ancestors we didn't know.

Weather in Sept:
It was sunny with scattered shower. Our unbrella were very handy because we used it for both the sunny weather and for the rain. Since we didn't know where we where going, we brought water bottles and snacks for each. We visited on a weekday and so there were hardly any people visiting the area.

We wore long pants, short sleeve shirt and took a light sweater. We wore good walking shoes because there are over 400 steps to climb.

Going up the hill was an easy hike because there are small steps and hand railing on the side to hold on to as you hike up. There are many statues along side the pathway with different emotional expression. Climbing the stairs were exciting at first... after a few hundred steps we needed something to stay excited. Throughout the climb, we started posing with or as the same position as the statues. It kept us busy and entertained. If you have kids, you can have them count the number of statues as they go up. Eventhough each one has numbers... I lost count.

Reaching the top was not as I expected... It was quiet (it was a weekday) and it's a flat area on top. I didn't do any research on the monastary before going there. When you reach the top, you are entering from the back corner of the 10K Buddhas Temple.

With all the climbing up the hill we got hungry (it was lunch time)and found a small local restaurant on top by the monastary. It should be at the same corner as you took your last hike to the monastary. When you are facing the 10K Buddhas Temple, the local restaurant is to your right side (by the Refectory of the Monastary). To your left is the office and the public restroom. Always bring your own toilet paper. To your back (or across the 10K Buddhas Temple) is the Red Pagoda.

In the 10K Buddhas Temple, there is a little store that sells mini souvenirs at very minimal cost. You can also light an incent to pay respect (but not at the main temples), donate money to the monastary for the up keeping, or simply enjoy the temple and the surrounding statues. There is no obligation to anything.

Heading down hill, you can take the same pathway or take a rugged path. The rugged path is not like hiking down a jungle, but there are broken path; and that path goes to the back yard of people residence. When looking at the Red Pagoda, with the 10K Buddhas Temples behind you, the rugged pathway exit is located to your right between the Pagoda and Samantabhadra (the White elephant statue which is to the right of the Pagoda). I don't suggest taking this path for those that needs to hold on to railings

I don't remember how long the hike to the top took us, but it was worth for us to see something new and the view was great!

22  Thank simple288
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