Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery. Finding the Right Path.

The entrance to the Monastery may be difficult to find but once you discover the right path, scaling the peak is enlightening in more ways than one.

The path to the peak of the Monastery.

More than ten thousand Buddha's on both sides of the way up to the Monastery.

The 4th day was supposed to be our loose day. We went to the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery in Sha Tin, one of the New Territories of HKG, north of Kowloon. Quite far compared to where we’ve been in the past days, and anticipating the more than 400-steps going up the Monastery, close to a hundred more that the Tian Tin Buddha in our first day, we made it as the only itinerary for the day.

MTR/Train from downtown HKG to Sha Tin.

The 30-minute MTR/Train ride going to Sha Tin is not bad. If we were used to seeing nothing in the subway in downtown HKG where the MTR goes under land and water, the MTR to Sha Tin goes overland. It’s a contrast to downtown HKG – the horizon is more spacious, broader fields, more greens. It’s HKG’s countryside, though high-rise residentials may be seen from afar. When we reached Sha Tin, however, we were like in downtown HKG again – buildings everywhere, a lot of commerce going on, busy scene.

Life-size golden Buddha's on both sides of the path. Different expressions, various symbolism.

Going up to the peak of the Monastery was fun! Life-size golden fiberglass Buddha’s in various expression are lined-up on both sides of the way up. Their color is a magnificent contrast to the greens of the mountainous terrain. Once you reach the top, where the Temple/Monastery seats, there are even more Buddha’s, of various shape, sizes and colors which make “10K Buddha’s” a misnomer. There are definitely a lot more than its reference. Had we known what each of them symbolizes, we should have likewise revered and implored just like the locals did.

At the entrance of the Temple.

Inside the Temple. Tiny Budda's everywhere!

Walls of the Temple adorned with tiny Budda's from the floor to the ceiling.

On top, there are a lot to see, hike, and take pictures of. We consumed  so much time that we decided to take lunch in their restaurant which serves only veggie meal. In HKG, eating in a non-English speaking eatery is always fun. No words. Just actions!

Pagoda of the Monastery opposite the Temple. Buddha's seat in every hole.

The Temple where the tiny Budda's are.

Huge Buddha's back-to-back in between the Temple and the Pagoda.

Incense burning.

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Read: Temple Street Night Market. HKG Science & History Museums

Read: Victoria Harbor. Avenue of Stars. Etc.

Read: The Peak & Ocean Park

Read: The Man Mo Temple [Taoist god’s for Literature & War]

Read: Hongkong Tram [a.k.a] Ding Ding!

Read: 43rd Floor of Bank of China Tower/Skyscrapers/Parks

Read: Hongkong: No one is too old for Disneyland!

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Finding the right path to the entrance of the Monastery:

Having taken the directions right (and so we thought!) from a group Pinay’s in Sha Tin, we started to walk. We saw an arrow sign leading to the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery. Few steps more and we saw a Pagoda of what appears to be a Temple in well-kept gardens. There are a lot of people on line to go up through connecting escalators. We were excited to go up because we thought it was what we came to Sha Tin for. After having asked someone to take our picture, we started to go up the Temple that we thought as the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery. 😦

This is not the Monastery of Ten Thousand Buddha's! This is a local Cemetery.

Not the Monastery. It's a Cemetery. Misleading.

Because of the thought of climbing up some 400-steps, we took the elevator. Only to find out that it’s old, aged and wobbly that goes up on a very steep elevation with neither support on top nor the sides except the bottom directly attach to the track. Scary, we should have taken the escalators.

Inside the 'external' elevator. S c a r e d ? ? ?

When we got off the elevator, we started to go up in every stairs that appeared to be a maze. However, there were not any sign of Buddha’s lined-up on the way as described in our guide book. We did not give up. We thought that we may be able to see what we’re looking for inside the Pagoda on top.

Pagoda of the Cemetery. No Buddha's!

We have reached the Pagoda at the peak but there was not any Buddha among what is suppose to be 10K! It turned out we are in a Chinese Cemetery and the 10K Buddha’s Monastery in on the other side!

Here is where we should have been!

We had to go down. There was no other way. The entrance to the Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery is not conspicuous at all! It is behind the building in front of the Cemetery. There are no adequate signs to lead you right to the entrance. Well, we may have got the wrong place at first but at the end of the day, we got one extra!

Now this is the right entrance! Hidden!

The Monastery, including the first temple was more than cardio exercise we can get for the day. We went back to the hotel for some much needed rest, anticipating for another great experience the next day!

Here are other images for the day:

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery. Burning Incense.

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery. More Images of Buddha.

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery. The Pagoda.

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery. Temple grounds.

Ten Thousand Buddha's Monastery. View of Sha Tin.

View of the Temple taken from the Pagoda.

Incense.

More Incense.

And a lot more Incense!

Visiting the Monastery of the Ten Thousand Buddha’s reminded me of what I was taught in College. I was reminded of the Three Basic Truth according to Buddha which I would like to close this post with. For Buddha: nothings is lost in this universe, everything has a purpose; everything in the universe changes, only change is permanent; and the law of cause and effect – “karma.”

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