Po Lin Monastery - Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery with it's temples and gardens is a must see if you are ever in Hong Kong. Po Lin, Tian Tan Buddha and the Wisdom Path are all in the same area and can be seen in a half day. It is located on Lantau Island. The monastery is also a calm and serene sight with it's large incense burner outside the temple where worshippers burn incense and offer prayer to Buddha. Inside the temple monastery is a sight to behold. I have pictures below so they speak for themselves. I always feel bad about taking pictures at temples and sights such as these because of the worshippers who are praying there but it is allowed and everyone does it so I could not pass up an opportunity of catching these gorgeous scenes. In this area of the monastery there is heavy incense burning so if you are allergic to scents of any kind, this may not be the sight for you. There are also many street vendors around the Buddha and monastery selling their wares as well.


barbkaus said…
Wow! So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing all of this.
barbkaus said…
So beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing all of this. (Barb MySp)
betchai said…
you are so right Jo, your pictures speak for themselves already, thanks so much for sharing Hongkong culture and tradition to us, beautiful pictures.
AVCr8teur said…
I've been here, but unfortunately, I wasn't really into photography back then. It's nice to see someone else's pictures.
Ratty said…
This is a great looking place. I don't mind incense so I'd love it there.
bessye said…
Fabulous pictures Joanne!

In agreement with everyone, thanks so much for sharing. It's nice to see places through other peoples eyes. What is your connection with this part of the world?

rainfield61 said…
be around at this place makes me feeling so pieceful.
katherine said…
When I was working as a secretary, my bosses were Chinese. They invited me sometimes to go to their church or temple and i was amazed inside because it was sooo beautiful. I also joined lighting the stick candle and made a wish or prayer. Thanks for posting these beautiful photos here. I miss now to go to the temple.
RNSANE said…
A visual delight and lovely for those of us who cannot afford to indulge in a Cathay Pacific flight and hotel accomodations at this time of budgetary crisis! I could easily imagine myself there.
barbkaus, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

betchai, thank YOU for reading and commenting on them.

AVC, it's like traveling back all over again.

Ratty, you would definitely enjoy it.

bessye, I first went to HK in 2005 to see my friend perform over there. I fell in love with the culture, the people and traditions. Last year in 2008 I won a poetry contest with Cathay Pacific Airlines and as a result won a free trip back there.

rainfield, me too :)

Katherine, I love all those temples. They are so colorful and peaceful.
Carmen, you would absolutely love it there. One of these days...
Wow, amazing photographs! That is a lot of incense though, i think it would set off my alergies. It would definitely be worth it to see the monastery though :)
HK Honeymoons, I loved all the incense and the monastery is definitely worth seeing.
Nortehanon said…
Interesting. Looks like you had a great time in Hongkong. Thank you for sharing this. This post gave me a glimpse of that temple ;)
Norte, Thanks for stopping by an commenting.

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