Five Reasons Why You Must Visit Tian Tan Buddha & Po Lin Monastery

Nestled away on the wonderful island of Lantau in Hong Kong, China, Tian Tan Buddha is truly a marvel to behold.

Erected in 1993, Tian Tan’s bronze Buddha sits atop wind swept valleys and awe-inspiring mountains. Located in Ngong Ping, the 34 metre Shakyamuni Buddha is accessible either by the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car or via bus.

We actually love the bus journey as the trip is out of this world, the bus drives you through valleys and alongside lakes with views onto the south China sea. It is simply spectacular!

Equally as breathtaking is the Ngong Ping 360 aerial tramway, which takes you high above the valley for a face to face with the seated bronze Buddha.

Here are five super reasons why you must see the Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong.

1. The Coolest Cows, ever….


As Po Lin and Tian Tan are Buddhist sites, our favourite friends are free to walk around the monastery and nearby gateway. They rule the pathways, so be careful if you’re taking a squat from all the walking, they will literally moo you over. 🙂

“Here’s moo-ing at you kid..”


2. The Divine Generals


The twelve divine generals are definitely intimidating at first glimpse, however, after reading their individual plaques, you’ll realise that each guardian represents a sign in the Chinese horoscope. Pretty cool right?!


What sign in the Chinese horoscope are you?

“Name not down? You’re not coming in!”


3. Po Lin Monastery

This is worth the visit all by itself.


Po Lin is a working Buddhist monastery full of beautiful architecture, Buddhist monks, mantras, incense, vegetarian lunch and wild dogs.

“Where was the woofing barber again??”

The vegetarian lunch is lovely and also a great chance to interact with the Buddhist monks who are equally as nice.

“I recommend the chilli tofu! It’s SOOOO good!”


4. It’s only 268 Steps…


Once you’ve finished with your lunch, climb the stairs to meet the bronze Buddha in all it’s glory.

Don’t worry, you can take a break throrughout to take in the view on each level. Or if you’re feeling strong, jog up the steps in the 32 celsius sunshine. 🙂


Buddha sitting upon a lotus leaf.

And guess what, you can also walk in Buddha itself!

Unfortunately, we were unable to take photographs inside the statue which contained a small museum, but you’ll love it all the same.


Buddha is surrounded by these wonderful statues who are in a crouching position.

Each statue is holding a gift for Buddha, we loved this one as it was holding a representation of music.

5. Spectacular Views!

Once you’ve reached the pinnacle, you’ll realise that not only do you have a close up of the Buddha, but you also have views like this.


“Awesome right?!”


Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are literally surrounded by montains and rollign valleys, so you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another planet.


Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is well worth the visit, especially when you also have a small set of shops in Ngong Ping village itself.  

If you’re visiting Hong Kong, don’t miss it!

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