Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (Man Fat Sze) is not your ordinary temple in Hong Kong. Despite its name, you will find more than 10,000 Buddhas there. To be exact, 12,800 Buddha statues. So imagine yourself surrounded by them. Rest assured, the experience is not as scary as it sounds.
Most notable are the more than 500 Arhan statues found along the 431 steps leading to the pagoda. Each life-sized statue has a distinct character. So, make it a point to look at each one. No doubt, it can help make the climb to the top more interesting.
Yet another impressive feature is the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall. Be in awe at the sight of thousands of miniature Buddha statues stacked on the shelves within the Main Temple.
Wild monkeys are the other inhabitants of the Sha Tin area. They roam the neighboring hills and mountains freely. Be warned as they tend to pop up unexpected. Moreover, one might cross your path. Many would consider it a lucky omen. Lucky or not, seeing one up close and personal is a treat only a few can claim.
As a testament to their faith, Reverend Yuet Kai and his disciples painstakingly built the monastery starting in 1949. They carried the materials on foot. Hence, the construction took eight years. The statues needed 10 years to complete. Visitors can pay their respects to the founder whose preserved body is encased in glass in the main hall. To date, monks no longer live in the monastery.