Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – One of Hong Kong’s Most Famous Buddhist Temples
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, also referred to as Man Fat Tsz, is an 8-hectare multi-level Buddhist complex located in Po Fook Hill at Pai Tau Village, Shatin in the New Territories. Known for the more than 13,000 Buddha statues displayed inside its temple halls, as well as on its grounds, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most well-known tourism destinations. Because of its elevated location, the monastery complex offers spectacular views of Shatin.
Contrary to its name, the complex is not an actual monastery as there are no resident monks. At the end of Sheung Wo Che Road, the monastery’s lower level can be reached by a steep path consisted of 431 steps. Both sides of the path are lined with 500 life-size golden Arhan statues.
The lower level is comprised of several architectural structures including the main temple (Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall), a 9-storey pagoda, a hall and three pavilions dedicated to Avalokitesvara (Kwun Yam), Samantabhadra and Manjusri. There is also a vegetarian restaurant and a book store in this area.
Another stairway of 69 steps leads to the upper level where the Amitabha Hall, Avalotiskesvara (Kwun Yam) House, Cundi House, Ksitigarbha House, Jade Emperor Hall, Sprinkler Guanyin, YueXi Pavilion and Naga-puspa Court are located. The entire complex is managed by laypersons.
The monastery was founded in 1949 by the Reverend Yuet Kai, a devout Buddhist layman. After 8 years, the monastery buildings were completed but it took another ten years to complete all the miniature Buddha statues that are displayed around the walls of the main temple.
Each miniature gold ceramic Buddha statues on the walls of the main temple adopts a different pose and expression and contains an inscription bearing the name of its donor. Aside from the walls of the main temple, other Buddha statues are housed in the four halls located at the upper-level.
In 1965, the Reverend Yuet Kai died at the age of 87 and was buried in a coffin in a hillside within the complex. After eight months, his body was exhumed, still in perfect condition. The incorruptible corpse was embalmed with Chinese lacquer, painted with gold leaf, draped with robes and put on display seated in the lotus position in a glass case in front of the main altar. The corpse is named “The Diamond Indestructible Body of Yuexi.”
Located at 221 Pai Tau Village, Shatin, New Territories, the monastery is open from 9am to 5-30pm daily. It can be reached by taking the MTR to Shatin Station, and following the directional signs pointing to the monastery.
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Shatin, Hong Kong Photos