Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

Attraction Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Published on: 02-08-2016

2 hours
10:00 AM - 05:30 PM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Scenic
Must see
Kids
Architecture
3.22 USD

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The famous Big Buddha is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Lantau Island. It symbolizes for the harmonious relationship between human beings and nature.

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Why Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) is special ?

The Big Buddha on Lantau Island is the biggest sitting Buddha statue built outdoor. This majestic statue sits atop the peak of Mount Muk Yue. Po Lin Monastery has taken 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.


The Big Buddha Statue has become a major landmark in Hong Kong, attracting numerous local and overseas Buddhists and visitors. It is not only a remarkable work project, but also an outstanding piece in Buddhist sculptural art in recent history. It is a valuable heritage of mankind.


Source: http://www.plm.org.hk/

What to explore at Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)?

Leaving the Ngong Ping Village, the path to the Big Buddha will be flanked on both sides by the Twelve Divine Generals.

Each of the Twelve Divine Generals that guard the statue, symbolizes a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac, is armed with a particular weapon, and represents two distinct hours of the day.

Once you pass the Twelve Divine Generals you will see the Staircase that leads to the Buddha atop the hill. There are 260 steps and several areas in between where you can stop for a rest, take pictures, and just enjoy the views.

Tian Tan rests on a three-tier podium at the end of the Staircase. The first level contains Six Statues of Bodhisattvas, three on each side of the staircase.

The Second Level houses a small museum with paintings and various articles depicting Buddha's life and teachings.

And finally the closest look at Tian Tan, seating on a wreath of Lotus Leaves. The Lotus has special significance in Buddhism, and is a symbol of Purity.

Another symbol of Buddhism is the "reverse swastika". You will see these symbols used in decoration throughout Buddhist temples as well as here carved into the chest of the Big Buddha. The symbol has nothing to do with the swastika, it is merely a symbol associated with Buddhism, like the cross would be a symbol for Catholics.

The 260-step climb will be well-rewarded, the views from Tian Tan's podium are magnificent and you can go around in a 360 circle and enjoy Lantau Island's beauty, the valleys and mountains

How to get to Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)?

Getting there is half the fun with the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, an attraction in itself, that will bring you from Tung Chung (take Tung Chung MTR) to the Ngong Ping Village and signs to the Buddha are easy to follow but really not even necessary as you will spot it right away, just walk on that direction or follow the crowds.

Source: http://www.hong-kong-traveller.com/

Selling points

  • Cable car with Big Buddha trip
  • The Big buddha
  • Breathtaking views
  • Great View & Respect for Budha
  • A half day cable car ride
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Duration
1.0 day
Estimated
42.74 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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Tips for you

  • Take your time to enjoy the view on for way up and on your way down.
    What to see
  • You should go early and avoid crowds.
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  • Amazing place with great views of the south China Sea and Lantau island.
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  • Big buddha located at Lantau island in Ngong Ping
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  • Be repaired that you have to climb lot number of stairs to reach the top where the Big Buddha statue is erected
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  • Recommend the crystal bottom car, unless you are afraid of heights.
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  • When you get to the temple there's a very good vegetarian cafe
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The largest sitting buddha in the world! And the mist made it even more special

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Beautiful monastery set in the mountains, and check out the vegetarian restaurant while you're here

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The greatest wonder of Hong Kong. Take the cable car!

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The big Buddha is a great site to see but make sure you think about timing. We went by cable car and loved it, you should choose either the glass bottom or standard cabin but both are great. The ticket box opened at 10am and we lined up from 9:20am, there were about 100 people head of us. They opened the ticket box at about 9:50am and we were on the cable car before 10am, so it was really quick. The glass bottom cabins (crystal cabins) only come every 4/5 cabins so you may wait for one to come along, if you're there early then you can choose either and not wait. Go straight to the Buddha and see everything else on the way back, after all, that's what you're there for. We left at about 12:30pm and were in a cabin by ourselves, we got the 1+1 ticket which is a standard cabin one way and a crystal cabin the other, you need to decide which direction to have each cabin. I would suggest the crystal cabin on the way back as you're more likely to have less passengers meaning you'll get a better view.

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Must climb 250 steps of stairs in order to have a close view of the statue. a nice beautiful view fr the top., yo take pictures too. Vegetarian foods are available at there too. Purchase cable car ride through online can cut a long waiting time, instead buying the tickets directly fr Ngong ping cable car station.

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This was a highlight, make sure you either get to the cable car really early as the queue to get there is massive. If you're waiting on the street/ ground then you will be waiting for a good 2 hours. We opted to them catch the bus up to the Big Buddha which is much faster- just not as scenic. We caught the cable car back down which the lines are not as long- especially if you pay a little more and pay for the crystal cabin for the cable car. (We only waited around 10 mins) The Big Buddha is amazing and worth the trip to Lantau island, and easy to get to via the MTR. The monastery is beautiful too.

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The big Buddha is a great site to see but make sure you think about timing. We went by cable car and loved it, you should choose either the glass bottom or standard cabin but both are great. The ticket box opened at 10am and we lined up from 9:20am, there were about 100 people head of us. They opened the ticket box at about 9:50am and we were on the cable car before 10am, so it was really quick. The glass bottom cabins (crystal cabins) only come every 4/5 cabins so you may wait for one to come along, if you're there early then you can choose either and not wait. Go straight to the Buddha and see everything else on the way back, after all, that's what you're there for. We left at about 12:30pm and were in a cabin by ourselves, we got the 1+1 ticket which is a standard cabin one way and a crystal cabin the other, you need to decide which direction to have each cabin. I would suggest the crystal cabin on the way back as you're more likely to have less passengers meaning you'll get a better view.

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Ascend about 200 steps and pray to the world's largest outdoor bronze Buddha that is revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike

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