Located at Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong SAR
The Tian Tan Buddha Statue, or the Big Buddha Statue, is the worlds largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddha statue in the world. Finished in late 1993, it has remained as one of Hong Kong’s chief destinations for tourists and for the buddhist faithful. The statue sits upon a lotus blossom underwhich a three tier alter sits. Inside the alter features a gift stand on the lower level, memorials, and art work. Assending to the second and third tiers you come in contact with a massive cast bell, more artwork and display showing a few grain size crystals believed to be relics from the remains of the supreme buddha’s funeral pyre ( www.plm.org.hk/index_en.htm ).
The Statue itself sit’s approximately 34 meters high and weighs 250 tons. The statue is based off of a 5 meter high model. The bronze was cast in a factory and involved more then 200 seperate pieces that were assembled and welded on site. The construction process took a number of years, with the assembly of the statue itself completed in 1989. Finally on December 29, 1993 the work was completed and the grand opening ceremony took place. The date of the completion is significant as it coincides with the official birth date of the Supreme Buddha. ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Tan_Buddha )
To this day, travel to Po Lin Monastery is limited to two major routes.
By MTR to Tung Chung
Then by Bus No. 23 to Po Lin Monastery (Ngong Ping)
By Ferry 6 (outlying island pier just outside IFC) from Central to Mui Wo
Then by Bus No. 2 to Po Lin Monastery (Ngong Ping)
A one way trip by bus costs about $16 HKD, so be sure to have exact change or enough balance on your octopus card.
Each route takes a significant amount of time to travel, allow at least 1.5 hours to 2 hours each way when making plans.
MTR is currently working on the Ngong Ping 360 Project which is to be a cable car transport system from MTR’s Tung Chung Station to Ngong Ping, Po Lin Monastery.
Ngong Ping 360 is expected to be opened sometime in 2006.
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