Hong Kong’s Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, also known as Man Fat Tsz, is in Pai Tau Village at Sha Tin. It’s more of a temple than a monastery because there are no resident monks. Instead, like most temples in Hong Kong, it’s managed by temple people, not to be confused with the Village People. It’s definitely a tourist attraction but worth checking out for the spectacle and unmatched density of gold colored statues that populate the monastery grounds like pigeons in a city square.
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It’s an easy walk to the monastery from the Sha Tin MTR/Subway exit which is on the East Rail Line (light blue MTR subway). From Central, I took the red line, transferred to the green at Yau Ma Tei, then transferred to the light blue line at Kowloon Tong. From there, Sha Tin is just a few stops away.
Once you’re at Sha Tin, make your way to the north east to Pai Tau Street and follow it around to the left of the immigration building where you’ll connect up to the paved path leading up to the monastery.
Sha Tin is also a good place to catch some epic local hikes such as Needle Hill, Grassy Hill, and the back side of the Tai Po Nature Reserve (from which you can then walk down the front side.)
Once you get close to the monastery you’ll find a long but friendly set of stairs that brings to you the main temple pavilion. The stairs are lined with hundreds of life sized gold buddha statues along the way. In fact, all of the gold statues you see below are at least life sized, and most of them quite a bit larger.
The main pavilion is a well used temple area with dozens of statues, some quite large, and a handful of temples. There are restrooms, a place to eat, and a small gift shop where you can buy all manner of temple beads, baubles, pendants, bracelets, Chinese Zodiac charms and other wares.
At one end of the pavilion there is a path leading up the hill that takes you to another section of temples and countless more more gold buddhas and other statues.
I even found an outdoor bonsai tree garden guarded by the Chinese version of garden gnomes, also gold.
Golden Garden Gnomes
The second level feels more relaxed than the main pavilion. This is probably due to the fact that most people visiting the main pavilion don’t seem all that enthused about walking up any more stairs or perhaps because of the undeniable presence of a thick layer of magical chill out buddha energy. Either way, it has that same peaceful easy feeling you get driving a VW Bus west through the Utah desert an hour before sundown and a mile from your camp site.
At the end of the second temple level are more stairs that lead to an area where a huge lounging buddha carved into stone is happily eating grapes (or are those prayer beads?) while enjoying the babbling brook and his legion of gold forest warrior guardians who await eternally for the inevitable garden gnome attack.
Basically it’s a standard meditation area with a lot of seeds for the imaginative and about as far as you can get from the tourists at the main pavilion, and, definitely worth checking out.
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The stairs to the main pavilion of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Hong Kong are lined with life size gold buddha statues.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – View of the main pavilion from the top of the path.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – Things always look better through rose, uh… things always look better with golden baby buddha arms reaching out of your eye sockets.
Main pavilion statue with many arms
Main pavilion statue
Second level – golden garden gnomes guard the bonsai gardens
At the top of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery where you can chill out and enjoy the sounds of water and a nice view of the surrounding area
There were a lot of Buddhas here. Not sure if there were 10,000, but I would’t bet against it.
Another look at the board. It looks similar to the boards stuck in the ground on the wisdom walk on Lantau.
A temple on the second level
The lounging buddha carved out of stone watching his golden guardians search for garden gnomes is at the top of the monastical grounds.
These golden guardians are next to the lounging buddha carved in stone. They are obviously fierce warriors looking for a reason to skewer.
Golden forest guardians ready to pounce on the unrepentant.
At the very top of the monastery grounds this white water statue watches over.
One of the larger temple statues
Second Level looking at the temple area
Second Level – Bonsai garden
Second Level – the temples area
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – wandering up the path to the main monastical pavilion
They don’t say much but I like their style.
Interesting symbols on a board near some repairs/renovation.
This is either a flower or a big cookie, maybe a moon pie. I ate a moon pie during the mid-autumn festival, just because.
One of the many golden buddha statues
This would be a most difficult place to wander around if you don’t like being watched.
Just one of many cree… interesting heads here.
Happy, happy, happy.
This really is what I’m going for with my out of control eyebrows. Doesn’t anyone get it? Come on.
Their eyes are like miniature cauldrons of seething happiness.
I’m watching you.
There are seriously a lot of these guys on the path to the main monastery grounds, and they are all larger than life size.
Surfing on fish at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – Hong Kong
Riding the ram in the water with a Chinese good luck whacker stick thing in your hand. It just doesn’t get any better.
When I get rich I will hire personal navel cleaners as well.
When I’m done watching you, I’m going to eat you for dinner.
Is that your shirt? Don’t tell me you’re wearing that. So yeah, I’m like one with the multiverse. These three guys walked into a bar…
Don’t listen to him, he’s been smoking stuff from some other guy’s navel.
You can only believe a man who has more hair on his face than his head.
I’m a lumberjack and I’m Ok…
It doesn’t matter if you’ve attained eternal bliss, you can still be pissed off sometimes.
I asked for chocolate and they gave me a spear.
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
You shall not pass. … No, really. I have a stick, you see.
A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.
I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
Remember this grasshopper, it is much better to cut yourself than to cut something off yourself.
When the jazz musician got to heaven they pointed to a small door and said, “You can go in through the kitchen.”
A jumper cable walked into a bar. The bartender said, “I’ll server you, but don’t start anything.”
I feel pretty, oh so pretty…