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Fo Guang Shan

No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
+886 7 656 1921
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Excellent visit and day trip

Whether you are a Buddhist or not, this place is not to be missed. It is about half an hour taxi... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ricky_SG
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Singapore, Singapore
A must go

This place is really a must go if you do visit Taiwan. However take note on the timing, try to go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KopiKing
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery (literally translated as Buddha’s Light Mountain Monastery) sits on a bamboo hill on the left bank of the Gaoping river. Here you will find the headquarters of a prominent Buddhist order, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the buildings within the monastery complex is characteristic of the traditional Buddhist monastery, but one may be pleasantly surprised with the array of visitor-friendly amenities on offer. The southeastern face of Fo Guang Shan Monastery features the prominent Great Buddha Land, which is home to a standing Buddha image of 48 metres in height, and 480 smaller Buddha images that surround it. English-speaking visitors may find information and maps in English at the Reception, and prior contact via email can be made to discuss free tour options.
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No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Whether you are a Buddhist or not, this place is not to be missed. It is about half an hour taxi ride from Kaohsiung, cost about NT$700 one way. The visitor arrival hall is large, with Starbucks, café, restaurants, and shops. A good starting point...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is really a must go if you do visit Taiwan. However take note on the timing, try to go there early. Not to worry as they have restraints such as Starbucks and vegetarian food within the vicinity.

Thank KopiKing
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, it is important to set aside an entire day to see it all.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting here was fairly straightforward with Google maps - bus 8501 from Zuoying station - although it was a fairly long ride (almost an hour). We dropped off at Fo Guang Shan stop, and the entrance was to the left (facing the monastery complex); the...More

1  Thank WengKeeLeong
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. Indeed, there are many places to visit at Fo Guang Shan, and there are many places to take a break and have our complimentary signature Fo Guang Tea. People of all creeds and religions come here for the serenity and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fo Guang Shan is an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Founded in 1967 by Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan is a Buddhist monastery, requiring at least one entire day to see it all. Staying one night offers one the opportunity to have a peek into the daily practices of the monastic community.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large and high area where you have to climb slope and many stairs to reach to main areas. Actually the day i went here it was raining so heavily so i couldn't enjoy much of the trip but i still felt that...More

2  Thank LiuXiaoping
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, the monastery is large, and requires walking to get around. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our friend is a volunteer in Foguangshan, so we went to visit him. He told us to come because that the last night of Chinese new year will have a great fireworks to see and there's so many food stall too. So we end up...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, the Chinese New Year festivities at Fo Guang Shan are invigorating and worthy of an entire day's visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place offers a lot of picturesque views. Beautifly kept buddhism chaples and parks will make you find your inner peace immediately. Try to ring a lucky bell, light some aroma sticks in chaples and walk around stunning parks

Thank Viktor T
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, there are many well kept shrines located around the monastery for visitors to discover, and many things to do spiritually. Do plan at least an entire day to see it all.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very well kept temple, lots of photo to take, great place for shutterbugs. Peaceful and serene. Worth the trip from Kaohsiung City. Nice vegetarian buffet at level 2 for NT$200.

Thank JosephAndrew_Lim
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, there are many great sights at our picturesque site.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole area is a big complex with pagodas, museums, restaurants, statues, parks, and a big ziggurat-like structure. There are several museums and I like the one with ancient artifacts the most. There are so many things to see and to do. Walking uphill pass...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. There is much to see here, so do set aside at least a day to see it all.

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Amazing place to spend some quality time. There's more to this place than the big buddha statue. Speaking with monks gives you good insights about the place. So much to learn here.

Thank Mohit S
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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you for your feedback. This place offers a lot spiritually and culturally, and most guests suggest at least an entire day to see it all.

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Suzanne A
29 March 2018|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, you may walk to the Meili Dao KRT Station, take the red line to Zuoying THSR station, exit the station where the buses stop, and take either the Hafo Express of Eda Shuttle right to Fo Guang Shan.
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