29 Apr Hong Kong Tsz Shan Monastery
Spanning 46,000 sq metres, Tsz Shan is state-of-the-art antiquity that cost HK$1.5 billion and took 12 years to build. At a glance, it’s a graceful Tang dynasty complex. But inside the shell of precious zitan wood is a steel structure that does away with the need for the pillars and interlocking eave brackets found in ancient architecture. This gives the monastery a more modern look.
The 76 metre statue of Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) awaits you as you pass through the main entrance.Visitors were keen to snap away as soon they arrived but it’s best to wait until you are closer else you’ll end up with plenty of images of the same item but from different angles. As visitor numbers are restricted it was never crowded which meant that you can take unobstructed photos.
The statue is coated with white fluorocarbon self-cleaning paint. Completed in 2013, it faces Tian Tan Buddha in Lantau Island. Tsz Shan also runs meditation retreats, as well as tea and zen calligraphy workshops and visitors are invited to take part in the activities.
Tsz Shan Monastery is off the beaten track for most HK visitors but is well worth the visit if you would like to learn more about Buddhism, Tang Dynasty architecture and marvel at one of the world’s largest statue of Guan Yin.
Things to note
● No meat or alcohol is permitted inside
● Photo taking is not permitted inside the halls
● There are no storage facilities
● It’s advisable to bring a bottle of water on hot days but there is plenty of shared areas with seating
Tsz Shan does not entertain walk-ins. Booking need to make in advance and admission is free. You are welcome to book our private tour service and we will assist on the booking for admission for your trip. You may get more information by looking at our website link :