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.
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Tin | The Average Jane says
You’re HK posts makes me want to go back to HK. We actually have plans but most probably in a few years time when the Little One is around 2 or 3 so she’ll be able to appreciate Disneyland more (syempre. Hehehe!) Plus she’ll be walking and we have to be lugging her around pa. =D
Did you try eating at the vegetarian resto there? The one beside the monastery? That’s one of the things I regret not having done there. =)
Plus I love the big outlet mall at the buttom of the Ngong Ping cable car. I got a Guess shoulder bag there for only HK$25. Memorble shopping experience. Hehehe! =D
The Sunset Goddess says
Yes, I agree, better to bring your daughter when she’s old(er) enough to see the sights, especially Disneyland!
My next posts are on Po Lin Monastery and the Citygate Outlets! 🙂 And to answer your question, no, we were also not able to eat in their vegetarian restaurant because it was already closed when we got there 🙁 one of our regrets too!