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Big Buddha, Hong Kong Overview

Surrounded by the Po Lin Monastery, Tin Tan Buddha, more commonly known as the Big Buddha, is perched up top the Lantau Island of Hong Kong. It is one gigantic statue which is the largest seated bronze Buddha in the world rising 34 meters high and weighing over 250 tons. Visible from everywhere in Lantau, it looks even more majestic from a distance casting deep shadows over the hills. A statue that symbolises harmony and coexistence, the Big Buddha statue and the Po Lin monastery are one of the most important centres of Buddhism in Hong Kong.

This majestic bronze statue of the Buddha sits atop a triple layered altar, the Altar of Heaven, and surrounded by six smaller bronze statues, which are "The Offerings of the Six Devas", which symbolise six different virtues of the faith. Once you reach the Ngong Ping Plaza, you will need to take the 268 steps that lead up to the monument, an effort which is truly worth the result. The base of the statue has three floors, each with its own hall. For Buddhists, or people interested in the faith, you should definitely have a look inside. The base of the statue will not just give you a chance to click some photos with the Buddha, it also offers some great views of Lantua Island and the surrounding lush green mountains.

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The Big Buddha Statue

Constituting fully of bronze metal, it took 12 staggering years to complete the designing, casting, construction and assembling of the Big Buddha statue in Hong Kong given its super vast dimensions and look. Towering and tall at 34 meters, its base provides a great location to take in the sweeping mountain and sea views.

The highlighting features of Tian Tan Buddha statue is the eyes, lips, raised right hand and a slight incline of the head symbolising the showering of blessings to all. These details give it a very humbling and dignified stance, character to Gautam Buddha. It won the prize of Engineering Wonders of Hong Kong in 2000, making it a landmark in the sightseeing list of everyone who steps foot in the city.

Best Time to Visit

Weekends and public holidays are better to be avoided due to large crowds. Going during weekdays is a better idea, also the early morning time is when the number of people is the least.

The seasons which are a bit iffy for a visit here are summer and rainy season. Due to the humidity in summers, it can be a sweaty and unpleasant experience climbing up so high with the long walks involved, so if you are going in the summer, wear light clothes and carry water to avoid getting dehydrated. Similarly, during rainy days the trek can become difficult and the actual viewing of the statue blurred so keep in mind that too. One of the best days to go here would be on Buddha’s birthday because this is when the monks bathe the feet of all Buddha statues while the huge crowds gaze and watch.

Tips

Reaching Tian Tan Buddha involves extensive climbing and walking. So, it is not recommended for old people and travellers with a toddler.

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