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“WORTH A VISIT”
Review of Fo Guang Shan

Fo Guang Shan
Ranked #2 of 357 things to do in Kaohsiung
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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
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 required up short but steep paths. Good views from the top of the Gaoping river area. Photographs are not allowed in the temple itself but you can stand outside the large doors and get some good pics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 around 5pm and later during the weekends, which is convenient for those who plan to stay for the afternoon.

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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 visited during the CNY period and there were parades that took place throughout the day that span from the Monastery to the nearby Buddha Museum, which can be reached via walking about 10-15 min. Very fun and enjoyable to watch. Highly recommend visiting both the Monastery and the Buddha Museum to learn more about Buddha and an opportunity to find inner peace.

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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.

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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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