Hongkong is pretty famous for its hustle bustle city life style as one of the most dense area in the world. It is indeed full of productive age population trying to keep up with the never-ending working hours for paychecks to survive. Despite all of the activities and the businesses, most people in Hongkong appreciate and embrace religions. One of the major religion in Hongkong is Buddhism. It has a great influence towards the traditional culture and ancient architecture. That is the reason why you can find some Buddhist temples in Hongkong.
This time, the monument I have visited in Hongkong was phenomenal. It is one of the biggest Buddhist Statue in Hongkong called the Tian Tan buddha which is located in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. Don’t get me wrong when I said it is phenomenal , because you can see this statue from across the bayeven to macau when the sky is clear. It is 34 metres tall and weigh over 250 tons! The contruction of the temple was finished in 1993 and was celebrated as the enlightment of Buddha in Hongkong. This place was first built for the buddhist to ponder and cogitate towards the holy buddha, as well as a center for buddhism study. Turned out, it has successfuly attracted millions of tourist annualy to visit and admire this statue.
Underneath the Buddha Statue, there are three floors depicted the hall of the Universe, Benevolant Merit and Remeberance. Meanwhile, the Buddha statue itself is positioned solemnly on the top of the mountain called Mount Muk Yue, which you have to climb around 260 steps of stairs to reach it. You will need to prepare the best equipments such as good walking shoes and water bottles to ensure that you are not dehydrated because it will get hot in the daylight. When you get to the top, you will find six smaller statues known as “The Offering of the Six Devas” or the Bodhisattvas around the big buddha. These six statues are all potrayed to bring offerings which symbolise the things needed to entire nirvana. The six statues represents morality, patience, zeal, meditation, charity and wisdom. The buddha statue itself was carved after Siddhartha, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It also symbolizes the euphony among man and nature, people and faith. The right hand was seen lifted as a meaning of ending all of the sufferings, meanwhile the left hand was seen rested on the lap meaning a generousity of blessing and peace to all. I think that reaching the top was hard but absolutely worth the sacrifice because as soon as i stepped my foot on the top, it was very calming and relaxing. I heard bird chirping around me and felt the fresh air as i breathe.
After all, you can reach this phenomenal statue by an enjoyable option which is to take the Ngong Ping Cable from the Chung Mung Station. Other than that, you can try the Ferry to Mui Wo. Beneath the top fo the statue, you will also find several restaurants and various vendor stalls selling souvenirs for you to bring home. Going to Tian Tan Buddha is absolutely a must.Lifeidealism