Taiwan, Part 9 - Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Part II

July 16, 2011
Fo Guang Shan Monastery

This temple is one of the largest temple in Taiwan. This monastery has been in Taiwan since May 16, 1967. The place is more than 30 hectares in Ta Shu Township, Kaoshiung County. Taiwan is the first establishment of Fo Guang Shan Monastery is all over around the world; Japan, Korea, India, America, England, France and Brazil..

On our way up the steep slope, there are several hidden statues of the deity among the flower pots.

Each of us made a wish at the Guanyin pond wishing for luck. Was told that if your coin hits the bell, your wish will comes true. I made my wish and it did not hit the bell but the steel stem holding the bell. Ah Hui, the tour guide says that it is even rare that somebody managed to hit there. My luck will definitely comes. Hah! That is a very good way for words of comfort.

We move on to the Great Vow Shrine for a short worhip.

What a long fleet of stairs to the Great Vow Shrine!

I had forgotten what is the bell for but if one who wanted to ring the bell has to do it three times and softly. Probably that has something to do with the worship.

The signature feature of Fo Guang Shan is the Great Buddha Land. It is actualy a 40 metres height of a Buddha statue surrounded by another 480 little Buddha statues.

Each and every of the tourist in the group managed to bring home the buddha with us on the palm.

Main Shrine. At this place we have to be quiet and do the talking as softly as we could. Getting to this main shrine is so tiring especially to some of the older tour mates as it is quite an uphill and lots of stairs.

More little statue of monks as we headed back to the bus.

Look at the amount of statues here!! And every facial features and expression is different from each other.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Part I

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