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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 20 January 2010

I am living in Hong Kong, but I used the reviews here to get me to the 10,000 Buddhas. The directions were lacking so here are detailed directions to help you on your journey...

Take the East Rail Line to the Sha Tin stop (1st class is only $4 HK more from Hung Hom)
Go out Exit B (you will see buses)
Go left outside the exit and follow everyone down the pedestrian ramp
At the end of the ramp there is an Information Pole with a purplish red sign for the Government Building, which you can follow.
OR better yet do the following...
Follow Pui Tau Street toward the left.
You will see a Mall across the street, currently called Home Square.
Cross the street here and go to the left, which will continue to be Pui Tau Street.
Pass the Sha Tin Government Building on your right (you are still on Pui Tau Street).
You will see a very impressive white cemetery entrance next. (It is a large complex with escalators and stairs, but this is NOT 10,000 Buddhas.)
Before you cross the car park entry in front of you to reach the cemetery entrance, there will be a cement path on the right. You will easily miss it since it is between a building and a cement wall with no sign. Take this cement path behind the building and then to the left. You will start seeing the gold buddhas as you start up the hill.
If you have any questions about where to go, there are attendants in the cemetery parking area just 30 feet up the ramp. I had to ask directions for the 10,000 Buddhas. The man was very nice and walked me down the ramp and pointed me down the cement path. Please, please ask for directions if you have gotten this far. All you need to say is "10,000 Buddhas?" although a lot of people understand English in Hong Kong.
Enjoy the walk!

A few recommendations for your journey...
- Use the first class compartment on the East Rail Line. The small extra cost is worth it.
- There are nice bathrooms on the 1st level in the mall I mentioned above. Pacific Coffee Company is located on the 2nd level...as of January 2010...possibly a good place to stop and relax after your walk.
- There are two routes to go up to the top and then back down again. I recommend using the entrance route I described for going up. Although I believe this route up doesn't not have any handrails, I didn't miss them going up. The other route that you could use to go down has a limited amount of buddhas, but there is a hand rail. I suggest that you determine if using a handrail is important to you while making the walk up. If so, take the other route down, but it isn't as impressive. This route will take you through a village but it didn't show the local flavor.
- There are three levels of the monastery so make sure you see them all. I recommend going all the way up to the silver statue with a tall waterfall in the back. You can enter the small building all the way up to the 2nd floor. It was a nice experience.
- There was a person walking around with a yellow name tag, but the tag did not indicate she worked for the monastery. She didn't tell me her intention, but she was happy to try to give my two year old son and later me a "good fortune" card. I quickly declined because on the streets of Hong Kong this is technique used to get you to give them money. I err on the side of caution because this lady failed to talk or pay attention to my local friend. Also, I didn't appreciate her trying to give something to my son without asking. I was happy to make a donation myself in the donation boxes located everywhere in the monastery.
- A general rule in Hong Kong is that religious organizations do not go soliciting money. The locals I know do not give money to any organization or monks on the street collecting money. They just totally ignore them or just say, "no money". I'm told that all the solitors on the street are fake. I've learned that being rude, or what Westerners consider being rude, is not harsh at all around here.
- If you are looking to do something while you are out in the New Territories, please read on... We made this walk in the morning and ended close to lunch time. A good way to continue your day is to take the East Rail Line back toward Hung Hom, but get off at Kowloon Tong. Switch over to the Green Line and go a couple stops to Diamond Hill. Here you can follow the signs to Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery. (I would do a web search for specific directions because I forget the exact route. The good thing is that the signs are very good to get you there...not like 10,000 Buddhas.) Nan Lian Garden is impressive to take a leisurely walk around. There is a nice restaurant located inside where seating underneath a water fall. This would make a nice relaxing stop for lunch, which can be hard to find in Hong Kong. Continue walking across to the Nunnery.

I hope this information helps you on your travels.

108  Thank LiveTraveling
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Reviewed 19 December 2009

BTW, I lived in HK for a bit and I dint even KNOW about this place until recently!!
Its away from the mad hustle of the city, and although the city has its own charm, this place is very serene and beautiful. I loved the trek up the 400something steps. All the way up on either side you will find golden buddha statues, not any two the same!

How to get there: Take the MTR & KCR to the Shatin stop.
Take exit B. When you exit (after inserting your ticket in the machine) take a left and follow the road down until you reach a road on your left. Take the left onto the road and keep walking until the end. On the right (before the big gate) you will find a tiny sign that reads '10,000 Buddhas'. Its a small sign so be alert for it.

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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.

3  Thank Kurosaki_Ichigo
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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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