Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze)

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A steep climb to reach, but efforts are rewarded with over 12,000 Buddhas both outside and inside the temple. There is no admission fee. A small restaurant at the top offers refreshments, but bring your own water for the trail.
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,298 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Consistently in the top 10 things to do in most Hong Kong travel guides, this is truly a memorable experience. However unlike the main attractions this is far less busy. Maybe due to its location or maybe because some walking is involved, I’m really not sure. But I can assure you the trip here is worth it.  The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a wonderful addition to your Hong Kong itinerary . the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was founded in the 1950’s and is not only just one monastery, but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and 1 pagoda.

Tucked away this is not the easiest place to find, but when you do you be instantly blown away by the sight. Lifelike golden Buddha’s, glittering in the sun, stretching as far as the eye can see. As you ascend the 430 steps you will be gazed upon by these looming figures. Quite a surreal experience.  And a great selfie opportunity. Check out each Buddha, each one has a unique and different expression.  Some jovial and some menacing. Choose your favourite!

The statues become grander and more ornate as you climb and at the top is a wonderful temple where you can pay your respects. A magnificent view of downtown HK is provided too. Perfect gift after a long climb.    This is a very peaceful spot, and you can just while away some time here, wouldn’t even believe you are in a mega city like HK

A giant towering pagoda also greets you at the top. All one can do is just gawk at it in awe.  This pagoda is actually featured on the 100HKD bill and is an iconic landmark of this city!  You can have the cnahce to climb the 9 floors and see the vista below you.

You can sit and rest for a while, or snap some pictures.  You can go down again, but this time using a different path. Fewer Buddha’s on this route but watch out for the monkeys. They will appear and try to steal your belongings so be careful!  Or possibly just sit and watch you as you go by, who knows!  Going down you will end up in a little community area, with small houses and local people going aboutt thier business.
Written 28 September 2022
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Edgar S
Hong Kong, China1,505 contributions
Nov 2020
What a find. The 10.000 Buddha Monastery is a true and wonderful experience. One has to climb steps to reach the main temple but is rewarded by the view of the lined up monks on the way. There are seats provided along the climb. Once you reach the main temple, you look at 10.000 Buddhas all lined up. There are larger size monks, other buddha sculptures as well a pagoda which no closed to climb up because of the coronavirus. You shall be at inner peace and enjoy the splendid surroundings of Shatin. There is a gift shop that sells refreshments too. One can climb up further to see more of stone carved generals and other female sculptures. To sum it up, sensational. If you are in Hong Kong for a longer time, go there. It is free and one has to strike it off one's bucket list.
Written 19 November 2020
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DMP
Hong Kong, China80 contributions
Nov 2019
Worth every step of the way. Make sure to start early on as it gets very hot and humid during the day. Take time to enjoy the monastery at the top!
Written 4 October 2020
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George A
Phoenix, AZ206 contributions
Dec 2019
If you're in for a good exercise and it's a cool day, this is a great excursion well outside the hustle and bustle of the Island or Kowloon. It's a really nice, sometimes-shaded pathway up the hill, lined with life-sized, gold covered statues of Buddhist masters. Some are astride animals, some are warriors, some more meditative--but all unique. The shrines at the various stops are almost secondary to the walk up. That said, once you get up the hill you're rewarded with views of HK and also a few small Buddhist temples. One of these of course houses the 10,000 small Buddha statues for which the place is named. There are also picturesque pagodas, and a gift shop selling all kinds of various amulets. The walk from Sha Tin MTR is maybe 5-10 minutes, but not very well marked. Take a map with you, or get directions ahead of time. Don't be fooled, however: be in good shape for the pathway is long and in some areas quite steep.
Written 1 June 2020
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tasosaxl
Hong Kong, China207 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
One of my best friends came for a visit and even though I’m living in HK I’ve never been to the 10.000 Buddhas monastery. This was a great opportunity and it did worth it! Tiresome sure but not as tiresome as I thought. Totally doable. Just be careful though - on your way there (and back) with the train NOT to go on board the A class wagon because conductors come often :)
Written 13 March 2020
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JoeBenevides
Fresno, CA392 contributions
Feb 2020
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a mid-20th century Buddhist temple located in Sha Tin, a short walk from the Sha Tin MTR station. Its designation as a monastery is actually a misnomer because there are no monks residing at the complex, which is managed solely by laypersons. Getting there is half the fun. The main temple buildings are accessible by stairs consisting of 431 steps surrounded on both sides by statues of arhats, the Buddhist equivalent of saints who have achieved enlightenment. Once at the main temple buildings we experienced naughty monkeys playing on the statues. The laypeople on the site had to keep chasing them away.
Written 18 February 2020
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Happy Feet
Taguig City, Philippines95 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The climb was a bit tough on someone who hasnt exercised properly in ages but I'll say It's all worth it.

I liked the view but I wish I went there when it was less crowded. Going there a day after the CNY was not a good idea, but I still enjoyed the it.

PS. I'd recommend not to bring any food except water and small bits of crackers, they have a "no food allowed" rules that almost everyone breaks.

Reaching the place is very easy, 5 mins from MTR (google the stop) and you'll never get lost.

Take the East Rail Line to the Sha Tin stop. Go out Exit B. You'll see buses and an ice cream stall(hahaha I think this one's not there often.)

Go left outside the exit and just follow everyone down the pedestrian ramp. YOu'll prolly cross the street twice pass a mall and govt. Approx 5 mins walk from the stop and you'll be there. Just ask if you get lost 🤪 Majority understands english.
Written 18 February 2020
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DW@Ballarat
Ballarat, Australia1,236 contributions
Feb 2020
This is one of Hong Kong's popular tourist attractions located near the Sha Tin MTR station. It does involve walking up a steep path or adjacent 420 steps to reach the temple and 10000 Buddhas at the top. The pathway up has a number of gold painted Buddhas to keep you company.
I recommend to wear good comfortable shoes because you have to walk back along the steep down hill path.
It is worthwhile walking to the temple at the very top. You'll be able to see the 12000 or so Buddhas and other statues representing your birth year.
Written 13 February 2020
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JsanB101
1157053278 contributions
Jan 2020
It's a little bit off the beaten path in Shatin. But if you get off at Shatin station you can get there via walking. Bring walking shoes as there is a hill to ascend. It's quite scenic and beautiful though.
Written 12 February 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China151,514 contributions
Feb 2020
Man Fat Sze (10,000 Buddha Monastery) is one of my favourite temples to visit in Hong Kong. It is situated up the side of a small mountain just outside the Sha Tin MTR Station, requiring a 10-15 minute steep climb. Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm daily.

Visited recently and found the temple grounds very quiet, the result of the local Coronavirus Outbreak keeping the majority of visitors away from Hong Kong and most residents at home. As a result I had the temple mostly to myself this time around.

There are two routes up to Man Fat Sze. The most common approach is up the path lined by hundreds of life-sized golden statues. This path starts at the end of the Sheung Wo Che Road in between the two large Hong Kong Sha Tin Government Office and Home Square buildings. There is no immediate sign at the footpath entrance anymore but if you walk just 20-25 metres, you will start to find the golden statues. You'll know you are in the right place.

The second entrance is through the Pai Tau Village just next to the footpath leading down from the Sha Tin MTR Station. This path is more difficult to follow up to the monastery. However, it is easy to walk down this route if you want to try a different path on the way back down after visiting Man Fat Sze.

Note: The pathway up the main walkway is rather steep so take your time to grab your breath from time to time. There are a handful of benches along the way if you need to stop and rest. Some of the golden statues lining the pathway are very creative. Stop and take a few pics as well. If you are lucky, you might see some of the macaques that live in the area. If the walkway is quiet they are sometimes there. When it is crowded, you won't likely see them.

Note: Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus, they have closed off the upper level of the Man Fat Sze temple grounds indefinitely. There are some very interesting and colourful buddha statues, nice worship halls and some good views over Sha Tin from the upper level.

The main level is where you find the main temple which has the open hall with walls lined with small buddha statues. The interior includes large scale gilded figures and quite a bit more to feast your eyes upon as well. Like the upper level of the temple grounds, the main hall is presently blocked from entry for health and safety considerations. Regardless, you can still look in from the large openings in front of the building to see the interior.

Other interesting things to see include a nine-story pagoda, which you can't enter. Large scale statues of buddha, Kun Iam and other buddha and deity figures spaced out around the plateau grounds. More views down over the valley below can be enjoyed as well. After 15-20 minutes here you can start to make your way back down one of the two pathways back to the Sha Tin MTR and New Town Plaza shopping mall area.
Written 11 February 2020
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