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Fo Guang Shan

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

Spent a month at the monestary and will certainly visit this amazing place again with family or... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
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an experience worth having

Fo Guang Shan is the place to have a glimpse of Buddhism as well as to delve deeper into it. A very... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2017
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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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
+886 7 656 1921

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Reviewed 7 August 2017 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 15 August 2017

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 5 August 2017

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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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Last summer, I was granted one month vacation to travel to Taiwan to live monastic life for a month at Fo Guang Shan Monastery (佛光山). I was blessed in having the opportunity of living in a traditional Chinese Monastery and be part of Fo-Guang-Buddhist-Monastic-Retreat 2016...More

Thank sandyuzcategui
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Traveled from Taipei to Kaohsiung with the THSR, which took no more than 1and a half hours. I then took the cab from the Zhiying THSR station to Fo Guang Shan, which took around 30 min and coated 630NT, very reasonable by American standards. There...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Took the THSR from Taipei down to Zuoying station, then the Eda8501 to virtually the side entrance of the monastery. Walked up to the Ksitigarbha Shrine, a peaceful shrine with lots of Buddha statues. But even more special was the Samanthabadra Shrine, which also has...More

Thank jue ru S
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Half of this is under construction, and even if it wasn't, doesn't look that great anyway. Yes you can come up to the main area with the buddha statue, but that's all there is to this place.

Thank Joel T
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Serene and peaceful. The Great Buddha Land is picturesque with many small buddhas surrounding a towering buddha. We walked up to the main shrine which was incredibly awe-inspiring. Don't forget to try out the vegetarian cuisine at the waterdrop teahouse near the big Guan Yin...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Tour was lead by the monastics at FGS. It was truly a memorable and Serene place to be. Arrived via the shuttle bus via Zuoying station within 40 mins. The place is huge with different shrines and being able to take part in the Buddhist...More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Thank you for your review. Indeed, the monastery suits all age groups, and has something for everyone. We strive to offer guests the best experience possible and our free guided-tours are well received. Feel free to revisit anytime, thanks.

Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is a must see. The facilities are a tribute to one man leading many people to achieve much. The temples are magnificent and I've visited many the around the world, this is one of the best. The three Buddas... you just have to see....More

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Than you for y our review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan Monastery has many sights to see, and has definitely upheld the sacredness of a religious site. Do keep hydrated, as Taiwan can be hot during the summer.

Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This is a must see museum. And take a day for it. The lay out is large with some steep roads. Shops sell fromm cheap to very expensive. A very good acrobatics shows was for free.

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Lidya M
2 November 2017|
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Response from ngung chia s | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are accommodation at the Fo Guang Shan monastery section (next to museum). You need to call them or email them for booking - no deposit needed. Pilgrims Lodge number (07) 656-1831; (07) 656-1921_8 ext 5555 or... More
Grace I
8 October 2017|
Response from upstategirl1949 | Reviewed this property |
High Speed Rail (THSR): (1) E-Da Bus is available at the Zuoying THSR Station (8501 Zuoying THSR Line) to Fo Guang Shan. For bus schedule, please refer to the E-Da Bus Schedule or call 07-6561921 (ext. 6211 ~ 6213).
20 August 2017|
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Response from Linda-wanderer | Reviewed this property |
I think you have a good answer already from Squeenna. I joined a cruise ship tour as my mother was with me. She is 96 and we took her wheelchair as she doesn't walk well in the heat. So, the cruise tour was the best option... More