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Fo Guang Shan

No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
+886 7 656 1921
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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 6 March 2017

There is free vegetarian and accommodation provided in the monastery. Museum,art gallery,Zen meditation hall,Buddhist study institution,graveyard, and old folks home, orphan home, ex-junior elementary school is inside the compound. You also may find a Lychee garden beside the place. Please respect everyone in the monastery,...More

Thank Xavier8787
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Hello, thank you for your review. There are indeed many things to see within he monastery compound, so it is advisable to set aside a whole day to see it all.

Reviewed 5 March 2017

Very scenic and interesting complex which we visited prior to visiting the nearby, much larger, museum. Quite hilly though golf carts are available for the handicapped. However these can't go up the steep paths to the large golden buddha at the top. So some walking...More

Thank Linda-wanderer
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Thank you for your review. The monastery is indeed set on a range of five hills, and is indeed a good workout. We are currently working to make the complex as accessible possible.

Reviewed 23 February 2017

About one hour taxi trip from city. Quite a long walk to the statue...Lots of things to see at the monastery.

Thank janice162017
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your review. There is indeed many things to see at the monastery, so it is advisable to plan at least half a day to see the place.

Reviewed 7 February 2017

At least schedule 4-6 hours or half day trip here, so can visit all the places or spots in Fo Guang Shan. Really worth to go.More

Thank Damienlai
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Thank you for your review. There are definitely many things to do at Fo Guang Shan, and it is wise to plan at least half a day or a full day to see it all. There are shuttles back to Zuoying HSR that run until...More

Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Fo Guang Shan Monastery is about a 40 min bus trip from the Zuoying HSR station via the Harvard Express bus. The Monastery is very calm and make you feel that bit closer to your inner self and you feel more at peace. I...More

Thank Travellercorner
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Thank you for your generous review. Indeed, the ambience of the monastery is conducive of inner peace and tranquility.

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is my first time here in Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and im gonna miss the place very much when i leave taiwan. I was amazed and happy seeing the temples. And the people are wonderful, the place is memorable and im looking forward to...More

Thank George V
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Thank you for your amazing review. Indeed, the style of Buddhism here is Humanistic Buddhism, and we strive to embody it's spirit of altruism and selflessness in our daily undertakings. We are glad you enjoyed your stay!

Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Great place with nice vegetarian food! Love the ambience here so much! A lot activities during CNY in FGS. Amazing night view!

Thank siow ching C
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017

Thank you for review. Indeed, the New Year's festivities here at the monastery bring about an array of delicious vegetarian eats and amazing night scenery of vibrant peace lanterns.

Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is the 'old' FGS as the locals know it, and for them, also the preferred one. The area is much quieter as most tourists now flock to the new building. It's quaint and very nice to walk around with big trees lining the paths...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Thank you for your review. Our main cafeteria, is indeed is an unique experience. The old section of Fo Guang Shan indeed offers an authentic experience of a traditional Buddhist monastery.

Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for a night and the temple is full of activity. Day time one can go ard the temple to have a view of the specular temple. I also attend the morning session at the main shrine at 5.45am. It's a experience of a...More

Thank Kwai Loong L
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. Indeed, the monastery grounds are expansive, and there are lots to do. Indeed, waking up for the morning service at 5:45am is a special experience, whether you are religious or not. The sounds of the drum and bell are...More

Reviewed 20 December 2016

The place is very big with quite a few attractions - big statue Buddha, huge prayer halls, many many luohan statutes, etc. There is a Buddha Memorial Centre next to the monastery which has another big Buddha statute, vegetarian buffet lunch at NTD100 per pax,...More

1  Thank pooh2008
Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. Indeed, the monastery grounds are expansive, and there are lots to do. Please plan a whole day for your visit, and perhaps even two when there are special exhibitions on at the art galleries and museums around the monastery...More

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RoseMEngland
21 August 2017|
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Response from Linda-wanderer | Reviewed this property |
I think you have a good answer already from Squeenna. I joined a cruise ship tour as my mother was with me. She is 96 and we took her wheelchair as she doesn't walk well in the heat. So, the cruise tour was the best option... More
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Yuet018
28 June 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, it definitely will be open. The Monastery is open 365 days a year, and the Museum is open everyday except Tuesdays. We look forward to having you at our Monastery.
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Yuet018
28 June 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, you can either take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) to Zuoying THSR station, then take the Eda Shuttle or Hafo Shuttle to Fo Guang Shan . Taking the coach from Taipei to Kaohsiung is cheaper, but will be a much more... More
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