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Fo Guang Shan

No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
+886 7 656 1921
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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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No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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Reviewed today

I spent a month in the monastery learning about Buddhism and learning to meditate. It was one of the most beautiful months I have ever experienced so far.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

An amazing experience! The monastic, staff, and volunteers are extremely friendly and accommodating, including to foreigners.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you plan to visit Fo Guang Shan monastery, prepare to spend at least 4-5 hours. There is so much to see, from shrines to art galleries, Buddha land, gardens. Actually, my favorite spot was the Lumbini Garden, the place to be for flower lovers....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Kaohsiung Fo Guang Shan Monastery is not only a beautifull place to visit, it is also a place full of beautifull people. During a one month retreat in there, I had the opportunity to find serenity, to meet the generosity and the wisdom of the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A day is certainly not enough to visit this place. I spent a month here for a retreat and I feel like it wasn't enough. There are lots to do and see. The Buddha Museum is an impressive structure. It offers a variety of activities...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fo Guang Shan is a must visit place in Kaohsiung, probably one of the most beautiful monastery I have ever visited. The Great Buddha Land is a pure beauty, best spot for taking photos. Go to the Main Shrine and pay respect to the Buddha,...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, The Shrines around the monastery are what makes the place special, and it is worth setting aside at least half a day to a day to visit the 5 Shrines around the complex.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Buddhism is divided into many sects, mostly known as the Southeast Asian Hinayana, the Chinese Mahayana, and the Tibetan Vajrayana. Even though Taiwan is mostly known as a Mahayana base, it is still highly influenced by Japanese Buddhism. Foguang Shan (佛光山) was established by the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fo guan shan near kaoshiung has three sections - buddha, dharma and sangha. The Buddha part is the opulent side with shops, ornamentation, and all sorts of exhibits which makes this is an excellent and must-visit stop for tourists. You'll find helpful staff, free entry,...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. There are indeed many things to see and do at the monastery, and as such, please plan at least a full day to see it all.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a month at the monestary and will certainly visit this amazing place again with family or friends. The wonderful atmosphere, beautiful scenery, awesome location and incredibly friendly and compassionate people make this place comfortable and awe inspiring. If you have any interest in Buddhism...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan offers an authentic experience of the Chinese Buddhist community, and is a sacred site requiring at least half a day to see it all.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fo Guang Shan is the place to have a glimpse of Buddhism as well as to delve deeper into it. A very fulfilling visit. The people are very willing to share their experiences. Tour guides are quite well informed. Even if you don't follow buddhism,...More

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Yuet018
27 June 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, it definitely will be open. The Monastery is open 365 days a year, and the Museum is open everyday except Tuesdays. We look forward to having you at our Monastery.
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Yuet018
27 June 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, you can either take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) to Zuoying THSR station, then take the Eda Shuttle or Hafo Shuttle to Fo Guang Shan . Taking the coach from Taipei to Kaohsiung is cheaper, but will be a much more... More
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phungphoenix
11 May 2017|
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Response from Huicheng S | Property representative |
Hello, the 8050 departs from Fo Guang Shan at 06:15 and 20:50. Unfortunately, there are no lockers available at the Monastery, thanks.
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