It all started with a google search: “things to do and see in Hong Kong”. A couple of clicks of the mouse later and I stumbled across some random website that extolled the amazingness of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Since I have a minor obsession with all things Buddha, the fact that there was not only one, but ten thousand Buddhas at this monastery solidified the fact that I had to visit on my upcoming solo trip. I searched for other information and surprisingly found hardly anything else about this mysterious place. Armed with nothing more than really an address, as soon as I arrived in Hong Kong I set out to find it and find it I did. My experience there was life-changing, so much so that I thought twice about writing this post, because the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is truly one of the last remaining hidden gem’s in this world and I was not quite sure if I wanted to spill the secret. I know, call me selfish, however I felt the need to protect the place from being overrun with tourists. Although, in the end I decided it is just too special to not share and I hope the people that decide to visit it treat it like the treasure it is.
My first time there was over five years ago and when my husband and I visited Hong Kong together this past March I was determined to return with him and show him this place that had touched my soul. My second time there was just as memorable as the first, maybe even more since I was experiencing it with my favorite travel partner.
From the road, you cannot see the Monastery, which means it is vital to get excellent directions before venturing out to find it. It is situated on top of a hill and requires a 20-30 minute hike to get to. It is not an intense hike, however if you are handicap, unfortunately you will not be able to see it since it is not handicap accessible.
After passing by a small sign letting me know that I had arrived at the right place, I then began walking through a bamboo forest and felt as though I had stepped back through time into ancient China. As I approached the top, countless golden Buddhas began to emerge all around me — they were on either side of the path and each one was different in their own way. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in fact actually has more like thirty thousand Buddhas, as over the years more and more have been added. The following pictures were taken on the way up to the Monastery:
As I took my last step before entering the Monastery holding the hand of my beloved, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for following my intuition all of those years ago and for taking a chance on visiting a place that little is known about. The path leading to the Monastery is beautiful, but the Monastery itself, well, sometimes there are just no words. . .