The second temple I visited was the 10’000 Buddhist Monastry situated at Pau Tau village, Sha Tin in the new territories of Hong Kong. The monastery was founded in 1949 by the reverend Yeut Kai and is another popular tourist decoration not only because of the temple’s beauty but due to the lure of seeing wild monkeys that can be seen roaming around the temple complex sometimes.
The temple itself was situated the top a small mountain so it has to be reached by climbing up 431 steps passing over 500 amazing gold Arhan statues all different in their unique way. At the top you reached the actual temple itself which had a beautiful panoramic view of the new territories, which stuck out so much more in the stunningly clear and sunny day. There also a beautifully decorated Kwun Yam Pavilion flanked by a verandah gallery of gold bodhisattvas on one side and the 18 Arhat Gallery of Arhan statues on the other, with various other multi-coloured statues dotted about the terrace. Another key feature to the temple is the beautifully decorated 9 story Pagoda.
Inside the temple the walls were lined with around 13’000 miniature decorated Buddha statues with each statue being about twelve inches high and adopting a different pose and expression containing an inscription bearing the name of its donor. Three large gilded Buddha statues are also on display in the main hall behind the embalmed body of Reverend Yuet Kai, seated in a glass case.
The 10’000 Buddhist monastery was a much better example of what Hong Kong has to offer, although the temple was only just over seventy years old it had a lot of charm to it and it was stunningly beautiful. The decent up the hill past the hundreds of different gold statues made the reaching of the peak have an almost magical experience.