Monday, February 06, 2012

Fo Guang Shan Monastery 佛光山, Kaohsiung,Taiwan - RT

Great Buddha Land

Fo Guang Shan was founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun in 1967. Since then it has evolved from a mountain top bamboo forest to the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan.

It is built on a hilly site. We took a slow, long climb to the various buildings. A map showing the routes to the various sites in the monastery.

The great Buddha statue (40m high) is surrounded by 480 small Buddha statues. The right hand is raised as a gesture of guidance while the left hand is lowered as a gesture of receiving.

There is a tea pavilon before entering Great Buddha Land. We stopped for a rest and have a sip of the refreshing tea. No cups, we drunk from tiny paper bags. :)

The grounds are very picturesque, and the monastery has a number of museums, shrines, and monuments to see.

It's an amazing place ....... so tranquil, so beautiful and the cheerful nuns and volunteers I met were ever so ready to help. 

The Four Verses of Fo Guang Shan
  • May palms in every world be joined in kindness, compassion, joy and generosity.
  • May all beings find security in friendship, peace and loving care.
  • May calm and mindful practice give rise to deep patience and equanimity.
  • May we give rise to spacious hearts and humble thoughts of gratitude.

Outisde the main temple building Da Xiong Bao Dian

Some of the 500 monk statues .....

I was very excited when I saw Fo Guang Shan Monastery on my tour itinerary, I had seen the advertisement of its newly built majestic Buddha Memorial Center which opened on 25th December 2011. I wanted so much to see it for myself. Alas, the tour guide did not include the new building in our itinerary. *sob.....sob*


  1. what a beautiful monastery. such a great place to refresh, rejuvenate and to find a moment's peace.

  2. Aww. The serenity of the place is priceless.


  3. Life Ramblings,
    It is indeed beautiful and a great place to relax. Many devotees from all over the world have come to visit or have a short stay at this monastery.

  4. Marms,
    It certainly is. Although there were many visitors, it was all quiet except for the chirping of the birds.

  5. nice place..i wanna go to Taiwan one day! :)

  6. Wow! Looks so beautiful and calm there! I wanna go too! : )

  7. I did not see this place when I was there. Did you count all the statues? :D Nice to offer tea to visitors.