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Opened to the public in 1970, Po Lin Monastery is the home of three big golden Buddha statues as well as a 34-metre high, 250-ton bronze Buddha statue called the Tian Tan Buddha. It is the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha and attracts around one million visitors a year. The statue is so big it can be seen from miles away. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Po Lin Monastery on Ngong Ping Plateau, Tung Chung Town, Lantau Island
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Che Kung Temple (Che Kung Miu) is a Grade II historic building located in Tai Wai, Shatin. Originally built in the 17th century, it is not open to the public anymore but the new temple was built in 1994 and is more than eight times the size of the original temple and is in the Japanese style and the authenticity of the original temple has been lost. However it is still one of the most visited temples in Hong Kong. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 18:00
  • Address: Che Kung Miu Road, Taiwai, Shatin
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Chi Lin Nunnery

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This nunnery is known for its bold architectural style and beautiful statues made from gold, clay, wood and stone.

  • Location: Located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Type: Buddhist
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Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree & Tin Hau Temple

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This colourful tree seems to be quite different from most trees from far away. Only when you come closer will you understand why. The tree, located beside the Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsuen, is covered in bright red paper.

Legend says that once, a man who had a slow learning son made a wish to the tree for his son to do better in his studies. After that the son performed a lot better at school. Since then many people come to the tree and write their wishes on bright red paper and throw it as high as they can into the tree for their wishes to come true.

  • Location: Northwest of Tai Po, New Territories
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Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail

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Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail To take this trail is to delve back into Chinese history. Visitors should allow at least an hour to walk this two-kilometre path as it is replete with historical buildings and structures, some from the 12th century, others from the 16th century.

The walk takes in walled villages, ancestral halls, a study hall and a temple. Many belonged to the Tang Clan, the largest clan in the New Territories.

  • Location: Fanling Town, on the eastern part of the New Territories
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Hong Kong's oldest and most important temple was built in 1847 and is named after its two principal deities: Man, the god of literature, who is dressed in red and holds a calligraphy brush; and Mo, the god of war, wearing a green robe and holding a sword.

Funnily enough, Mo finds patronage from both the police force and triad secret societies. Two ornately carved sedan chairs in the temple were once used during festivals to carry the statues of the gods. There are giant incense coils hanging from the ceiling, purchased by temple-goers and these burn as long as three weeks. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Hong Kong Island
  • Type: Buddhist
  • Address: 126 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • Tel: +852 2540 0350
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Man Mo Temple (New Territories)

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The compact Man Mo temple was built in 1891 as a place of devotion for Man, the god of literature, and Mo – the god of war. There are other temples under this name throughout China and even one on Hong Kong Island. Huge incense coils hang from the temple's ceiling that burn up to three weeks nonstop, leaving a heady scent and an exotic atmosphere.

Devotees burn paper houses, servants, cars and other luxuries for their relatives who have passed away (in the belief that the items can be used by them in the next life.) Many elderly people use the temple grounds as a socializing venue and play mahjong while others while away the afternoon in conversation.

  • Location: Tai Po Town, northeast New Territories
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Pak Tai Temple

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Built in 1783, Pak Tai Temple is dedicated to Pak Tai, the God of the Sea who is revered among the local fishing community as their protector. The building is a traditional Chinese structure with beautiful ceramic tiles and roof as well as animal images such as guardian lion stones.

It has large images of two Tao generals; Thousand Li-Eye and Favourable Wind Ear who were said to be able to see and hear anything, even at a distance. This temple is the central location of the Hong Kong's famous yearly event called the Bun Festival (or Ching Chiu in Cantonese), held each spring.

  • Location: A short distance to the left of the ferry pier, Cheung Chau
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Po Lin Monastery

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This Hong Kong temple is famed for the Tan Tien Buddha, a huge bronze Buddha image which can be seen for miles around. Po Lin Monastery was originally opened to the public in 1970 but became a mainstay on many visitors’ tourist itineraries after the completion of the Big Buddha in 1993. Po Lin Monastery is actually home to three big golden Buddha statues as well as the 34-metre high, 250-ton bronze Buddha statue. There is a Wisdom Path leading up to the statues as well as several restaurants, some of which are run by the monks themselves.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Po Lin Monastery on Ngong Ping Plateau, Tung Chung Town, Lantau Island
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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

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Clambering up over 400 steps to see the Monastery of 10,000 Buddhas might take a bit of an effort but it is really worth it. Alongside the steps leading up to the temple, there are golden life-sized Buddhas peppered over the hillside.

At the top there is a pagoda that has many Buddha images of all shapes and sizes. All in all, there are over 13,000 Buddha images here and the view from the top is panoramic. A small vegetarian restaurant operates nearby the monastery. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 17:30
  • Location: Sha Tin Town, on the eastern part of the New Territories
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Tin Hau Temples

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About 60 temples across Hong Kong are dedicated, at least in part, to Tin Hau. On Hong Kong Island, they include one in the Tin Hau area, just east of Victoria Park, and one in Stanley district. On the Kowloon side, the Tin Hau temple in Yau Ma Tei is most famous: the square in front of it turns into the Temple Street Market at night.

In addition, there are: four Tin Hau temples on Cheung Chau Island; one temple on Peng Chau Island; one on Ping Chau Island; one Tin Hau temple on Sai Kung Peninsula, and one on Tsing Yi Island in the New Territories. However, the Tin Hau Temple at Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay) is considered the most sacred.

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Wong Tai Sin Temple is the most popular temple in Hong Kong. The 18,000sqm temple is located in Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon and is dedicated to the three major religions in China – Taoism (Wong Tai Sin), Confucianism (Confucius) and Buddhism (Guanyin). It is not a common practice to have mixed religions in a tradition Chinese temple. The temple is listed as a Grade 1 historic building and is also the only temple that is allowed to host a formal wedding ceremony. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 17:30
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