Tian Tan Buddha, also called the Big Buddha is a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Ngong Ping village in Lantau Island in Hong Kong. It was completed in the year 1993. The statue is so big that it is visible from all over the Lantau Island. More information can be found on wiki.
The Tian Tan Buddha is situated in Po Lin Monastery. The address of the location is Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
How to get there?
There are two ways to get to the monastery.
Ferry and Bus (Easiest)
The easiest way to get to the monastery is by taking a ferry from Central to Mui Wo and then taking a bus (Bus number 2) from Mui Wo Ferry Pier to the monastery. The ticket can be purchased at the ferry pier and in the bus.
Gandola or Cable Car
The Gandola lift operates between Tung Chung MTR station and Ngong Ping cable car station. The distance between the stations are around 5.7 kilometres and it takes 25 minutes. The views from the gandola are breathtaking and spectacular. The return ticket on the Gandola costs HK$235. The tickets can be purchased at the MTR station.
Entrance cost & Visiting Information
The last 260 steps leading to the base of the Big Buddha statue can be climbed for FREE.
The statue is open throughout the year. However, I would avoid winters as you can see from my pictures that the statue was covered in fog when I visited and this was during winters. If you can visit the monastery on Buddha’s birthday.