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Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
In 1906, three monks from Jiangsu Province, mainland China travelled to Lantau Island and they were pleased to find that this plateau (later it was named Ngong Ping Plateau) was an untouched place which was perfect for Buddhism practice. So they overcame a lot of difficulties and built a small temple here. Over the years, the structure of the temple gradually added to today’s scale. In 1924, it was renamed to its present name as Po Lin Monastery.
Although the monastery merely has a pretty short history of 80 years, it has established its fame for its grand construction scale and its unparalleled natural scenery. It is regarded as the No. 1 Buddhist monastery Hong Kong. It has attracted millions of prayers and tourists every year.
Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, go through the Ngong Ping Village, one can see the grand stone memorial archway inscribed with four Chinese letters “南天佛国 ”, the literal meaning of these four letters is “ the Buddhist Paradise of the South”. These four letters manifest the high status of Po Lin Monastery in Buddhist field.
Go through the stone archway is the Bodhi road, which leads the visitors to the main temple of the monastery. There are three bronze Buddha statues housed in the main temple, namely the Buddha of the past, the Buddha of the present and the Buddha of the future. They are in charge of the past, present and future of the people respectively.
In December, 1993, the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Giant Buddha) was completed and became an extension of the monastery. It is the largest outdoor bronze Sitting Buddha in the world. Situated on the top of Lantau Island, it implies the stability, prosperity of Hong Kong.
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