As predicted, we had a very late start the next day after drinking too much. We decided to take it easy and I suggested to visit the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery located in Sha Tin. Since no one else had a clue about it, I was assigned leader for the day.
The monastery itself isn’t considered a monastery—no monks are there and ordinary people run it. I was interested in it just because it seemed really cool to be surrounded by thousand of Buddha statues as you climbed the long stairs up to the top.
It really was quite the climb. I was okay but my friends needed a couple of breathers. The best part of the monastery was the statues themselves. These weren’t your average Buddha statues, most of them had awkward, strange and funny faces. I don’t know the reason why but I thought it was a nice change of pace to the serious looking ones you always see at temples. My friends took a few poses with them and I can’t help but laugh every time I see them.
Finally, we reached the top. The top was really nice and continued to have odd statues. However there were “normal” statues now too. There was also a pagoda, two pavilions and a tower. Perhaps because it wasn’t a “real” monastery, you were able to take pictures of the main hall where the founder, Yuet Kai’s body is preserved. It fascinates me that he and his disciples managed to climb up the monastery countless of times to bring up the materials to create the monastery. You also had a nice view of the city below. You could go even higher to another level but we decided to call it quits since my friends were tired and closing time was approaching.
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a nice side trip if you’re looking for something cultural and somewhat amusing to do in Hong Kong.