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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