Sunday, April 08, 2007

Religious Trail :P

Ok.. it just so happen that the routes to those temples are near each other.. mmm.. or was it planned that way? Anyway, I wanted to go to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery as I missed it the last time as we spent too long in the HK Heritage Museum. However it was rather far in Shatin, and when I went google around, noted that there are another 2 places nearby worth a stop - Chi Lin Nunnery and Wong Tai Sin Temple. There you have the "religious trail" :P

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~ 10,000 Buddhas Monastery, in Shatin

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~ Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill

The present-day buildings have been rebuilt and their style is of
Tang architecture. The beautiful garden in front of the nunnery is open to the
public free of charge.

Its buildings are the only ones to be built with
wooden rooftops in modern Hong Kong, without the use of a single nail in its
construction. This is based on a unique architectural style from the Tang
Dynasty which uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood for

Covering a space of 30,000 square meters, Chi Lin Nunnery
has strikingly beautiful statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy
Guanyin and other bodhisattvas. These statues are made from gold, clay, wood and

Source: Wikipedia

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~ Wong Tai Sin

I went on a Sunday and it was fully packed - young, old, male, females. Everybody seems to have prepared to pray. I've even seen people fished out lighter from their own pocket to light the joss sticks.

Side note: I had muscle ache the next day from climbing the staircase to 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

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