Kaohsiung & Fokuangshan Monastery
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Giant Buddha statues welcome you to Fokuangshan Monastery, approximately a one-hour drive from Kaohsiung. Founded in 1967 by the venerable master Hsing Yun, Fokuangshan is a complex of meditation halls, shrines and gardens. Fokuangshan means 'Buddha’s Light Mountain' and the monastery seeks to reconcile the various schools of Chinese Buddhism. Tour the Meditation Hall and the Main Shrine. Continue to the Buddha Memorial center. covering more than 247 acres, the center opened in 2011 and was designed to promote cultural and religious education. The last remaining one of Buddha’s teeth is housed in the Buddha’s Memorial Center. Four stupas symbolize the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, while the eight Chinese pavilions denote the Eight-fold Path. The tooth is contained in a special shrine within. After a vegetarian lunch, board your coach for the return drive to Kaohsiung. Visit Lotus Lake for a closer look at Taiwan’s gift for synthesizing old and new. The pagodas, pavilions and temples all boast classical architecture, yet the oldest dates back only to 1951. Explore the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, dedicated to the God of War. The graceful Dragon and Tiger Pagodas feature interiors decorated with paintings depicting China’s 24 Obedient Sons. Completed in the 1970s, the Tzu-Chi Temple is a magnificent Taoist shrine. The interior is filled with phantasmagorical depictions of the pantheon of Taoist deities, including gods,. Your final destination is the Kaohsiung National Stadium. Built as the main site of the 2009 World Games, the stadium features extensive use of recycled materials and is powered by solar energy. The sinuous, dragon-shaped stadium was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Please note: Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants.