The Tian Tan Buddha a majestic bronze statue standing gracefully at 34 metres high draws pilgrims all over Asia.
It was built in 1993 and is affectionately known as the Big Buddha, with visitors flocking to ascend the 268 steps to climb should visitors wish to have a closer look at the remarkable statue.
Opposite it is the Po Lin Monastery, which is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and home to many devout monks. The Monastery itself is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its tranquil garden is alive with flora and fauna. Visitors can also eat over its popular vegetarian restaurant.
Tian Tan Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
Article first published in The Independent. © ESI Media, 2017.