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Address: No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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+886 7 656 1921
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South...

At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Monastery (literally translated as Buddha’s Light Mountain Monastery) sits on a bamboo hill on the left bank of the Gaoping river. Here you will find the headquarters of a prominent Buddhist order, established by Master Hsing Yun and his disciples. The architecture of the buildings within the monastery complex is characteristic of the traditional Buddhist monastery, but one may be pleasantly surprised with the array of visitor-friendly amenities on offer. The southeastern face of Fo Guang Shan Monastery features the prominent Great Buddha Land, which is home to a standing Buddha image of 48 metres in height, and 480 smaller Buddha images that surround it.

English-speaking visitors may find information and maps in English at the Reception, and prior contact via email can be made to discuss free tour options.

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A beautiful location with an aura of tranquility

This is a must see if you ever visit Kaohsiung and well worth the taxi fare. It is a massive site and not difficult to spend several hours exploring the many buildings, temples... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 March 2016
Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This is a must see if you ever visit Kaohsiung and well worth the taxi fare. It is a massive site and not difficult to spend several hours exploring the many buildings, temples and gardens. The resident monks speak very good English and are are happy to share their wealth of knowledge with you. The weather was perfect on the... More 

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Edenton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Superb monetary and temple with too much to see. Very Serene and holy atmosphere. Worth the time. Parking within walking ir wheelchair for those needing assist.

Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

This monastery was built into the mountain, so there are lots of steps!! But worth the effort. There are so many different buildings and halls, and they're all beautiful - especially from the outside. There are more than 15,000 lanterns and 100,000 statues scattered around. There's a lovely and serene meditation garden with whimsical stone statues. And then there's the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Towards the end of our stay in Kaohsiung we took a taxi to the Monastry. It is very interesting with the massive Budha benevolently towering over everyone. Truly impressive. Walking through all the pagodas and temple was wonderful and there are many many Budhas besides the big one. We also had a look at the art gallery there. Lovely work... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

On our way from Tainan to Kaoshiung we spent some time at the monastery and at the event center. Both were very impressive, mainly size wise. A lot of parking space and absolutely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

This Monastery is beautifully made and very serene and calm. On entrance there are some restaurants, starbucks, souvenir shops and it feels like a mall. As you enter into the temple the pagodas itself take your breath away and with the giant statue of buddha in the background this is indeed a sight to see. A must visit if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

It was a great visit. I was with my mom and lucky enough to borrow a wheelchair for her (and for me to exercise). There is a golf cart shuttle to move us to the Main Temple. My mom worship inside it. We then stroll down the mountain. On our way down, we went inside a tunnel to watch a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

This monastery was a highlight of our tour around Taiwan; spent 3 hours on a guided tour with the Venerable Hue Shou who was delightfully entertaining. Highly recommend a visit to this complex; the main shrine with its 14,380 buddhas is mind-blowing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

You can travelled there by bus or taxi if you come with group 4 persons. It is large pogoda and i have not seen such many status in any place but this one. You can feel how powerful the Buhda is since the time you can observe these view by your eyes. Very worthseeing to add in your travelling experience... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

It was drizzling when we arrived at the monastery. There were not many visitors on that day and the atmosphere was tranquil and serene. A 90 foot high Buddha golden statue towers over the main entrance. We walked into the `Pure Land' with display of animatronic monks and rainbow bridges. We walked up a slope and came to an open... More 

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