Long time readers of this blog may recall that I am a student of world religions. I have been studying Buddhism for many years and enjoy visiting Buddhist temples and such. Hong Kong has the largest outdoor seated Buddha in the world, so naturally I had to go visit the Tian Tan Buddha. From my hotel, I had to take a train a tram and then hike the rest of the way. I signed up for what the locals call "Crystal Cabin" tram, which is a glass-bottom tram car. These photos are intended to show the journey to the Buddha at Po Lin Monastery.
|we passed over the sea coastline...|
|...and mountain peaks....|
|...it was a long journey by tram|
|check out the glass bottom floor. The ocean is below!|
|At long last, the Giant Buddha comes into view!|
|As we drew closer excitement was building.|
|once at the monastery, visitors could present incense offerings|
|the area is surrounded by beautiful trees and nature|
|The Tian Tan Buddha statue- so breathtaking|
|I paused for a photo at the base of the steps leading to the Buddha|
|partway up the stairs I encountered this incense urn|
|High up the steps, I was winded but thrilled to be seeing the Buddha|
|An inspirational close-up shot of Buddha|
|a series of smaller Buddhas surround the giant Buddha|
Half way back down the steps I had this photo taken of me in front the Buddha. I was so pleased to have made this trip! I bought a few trinkets and such from the monastery, and enjoyed the vegetarian lunch they offer there. It was so peaceful and enjoyable to be there. Whether or not you are interested in Buddhism, this is well worth seeing should you visit Hong Kong!