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. I visited this huge Buddha when I was traveling in Hong Kong.
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$235. The tickets can be purchased at the MTR station.
Entrance cost & Visiting Information
The last 260 steps leading to the base of the Big Buddha statue can be climbed for FREE.
The statue is open throughout the year. However, I would avoid winters as you can see from my pictures that the statue was covered in fog during my visit, which was during winters. If you can visit the monastery on Buddha’s birthday.
Review | Oi Suen Guesthouse, Kowloon (Hong Kong)
You would understand the meaning of a pigeon hole if you stayed at Oi Suen Guesthouse. It is a very small place but it has everything – two beds and a bathroom. My friend Akshata and I were in awe to see how this tiny room was built. It was just crazy!
The good thing about Oi Suen Guesthouse is that it is in the middle of a busy shopping place in Hong Kong. It is close to everything, shopping centre and the metro train station. It is about 3 minutes walk from the Metro station Mong Kok MTR.
The cost of this small tiny double bed room was around HK$ 450 per night and we booked the stay through AsiaRooms website. It did include the 24 hours access to Wifi.
I do not recommend this stay unless you are on your crunch and want to stay in the middle of a shopping district.
I would definitely recommend visiting the Big Buddha while in Hong Kong. It is amazing to see this cultural and spiritual place. Also definitely experience the Gandola ride.