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“Celebrating Chinese New Year 2017”
Review of Fo Guang Shan

Fo Guang Shan
Ranked #2 of 357 things to do in Kaohsiung
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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 be back here and im started to love the place. I learned a lot of things during this visit, the culture and traditions is easy to adopt. Humanistic Buddhism is open to any religion who want to learn their traditions. I will be back here soon. I will miss the place and the people, and also the food. Its fantastic!!! I'll see you soon Fo Guang Shan!!!

Thank George V
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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!

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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
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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.

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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 to walk. There's also a cafeteria where you can have lunch with the monks and nuns, which is actually a popular local attraction. Lots of people come here to do this. If you make it all the way out here, definitely take time to visit this one as well as the new one.

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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.

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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 life time.

Highly recommended.

Thank Kwai Loong L
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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 enchanting, and worth the early rise.

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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, etc.

Be prepared to spend 1 day here.

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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 and at the Buddha Museum, the newest attraction of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order.

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