1. The Giant Buddha at Po Lin Monastery
Take a spiritual journey to Po Lin Monastery located on Lantau Island. Lantau Island is part of the outlying islands of Hong Kong and is a beautiful green retreat. Atop a mountain, the Monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks and originally referred to as the “The Big Hut,” but in 1924, it was renamed to its present name—meaning “Precious Lotus.”
The Monastery started out as a small temple, but over the years it has grown and is now home to the largest outdoor sitting bronze Buddha in the world: 34-metres high and weighing 250 tones. The Giant Buddha, Tian Tan, attracts a pilgrimage of worshippers and tourists alike to marvel at the grand structure. There are 268 steps to negotiate in order to get close to the statue, or you can take a gondola up with panoramic views of the scenery and the South China Sea.
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