The Tian Tan Buddha is located in a complex adjacent to the Ngong Ping Village and the Po Lin Monastery. We arrived in the late afternoon by riding Ngong Ping 360’s cable car and because of the late hour, there weren’t too many tourists roaming about the place, which was a really really good thing. Since the Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s largest seated buddha statue, I can just imagine that the place will be filled up with tour groups, as well as actual Buddhists wanting to pay homage to the bronze statue of Buddha.
It was quite tiring going up but we just took our time, and it was good that the afternoon air was already getting cooler. It was also good that the stairs were arranged in such a way that there were flat areas every few steps to rest, and not just one steep climb.
The Tian Tan Buddha looks very serene from up close, and one can really see the bronze material from which the statue is made. Also, we got to see the little details like the swastika on the buddha’s chest, and that he was sitting on a lotus flower. His right hand is raised in the “Fear-Not” mudra, to symbolize the removal of affliction from all beings, while the left hand rests on the lap with palm faced outward, is thae “Wish-granting” gesture in Buddhism, signifying the compassionate vow to grant happiness to all men. The Buddha faces north, which is apparently unique among the great Buddha sttues, since all others face south.
Fabulous and serene travels! Cheers!
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