The first part of the monastery that you will reach is the many incense stands outside the main entrance where visitors can pray, worship and make their offerings.
Take your time walking around the various buildings and you will see many different examples of Buddhist Gods and other religious figures in different rooms. Some rooms are photo restricted and there are employees making sure than no flash photography is occurring.
The most impressive room for me was the Hall of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, the gold colours that cover the entire room are quite stunning to see in person. There are thousands of Buddha statues that vary in size and they decorate the hall from top to bottom.
After visiting the monastery you should definitely visit the Big Buddha that is less than one minutes walk away, the Buddha can be seen from the entrance of the monastery and it is free to enter the steps to the sculpture.
How to get there:
Take the New Lantao Bus No.23 from the Tung Chung Town Centre, which is just around the corner from the shopping centre that you see after exiting Tung Chung metro station. The bus journey takes around 45 minutes through winding, narrow country roads.
This was my chosen route to the Big Buddha and I loved every minute of it, the bus driver’s drive quite fast along the narrow roads and this makes the journey all the more exciting. The bus will cost you roughly $17.00 HKD which is perfect if you are on a budget.