The Buddhist Monastery at Fokuangshan
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The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, was born more than 2,500 years ago in what is now Southern Nepal. Today, there are 300 million Buddhists worldwide with five million followers in Taiwan. Discover the history of this age-old religion while walking through the countryside just outside of Kaohsiung. Your journey begins with a relaxing 60-minute drive north to the Fokuangshan monastery -- Buddha’s light mountain. Resting in a bamboo forest at the foot of the mountain of the monastery is home to a complex of structures devoted to the practice of humanistic Buddhism, which applies Buddha’s core principles to daily life. Catch a glimpse of the giant Buddha statue that welcomes your arrival. You’ll be struck by the sound of wind chimes and marvel at the huge golden Buddha statue, which measures a staggering 393 feet tall and is surrounded by 480 smaller Buddha statues. Tour the complex’s revered buildings, including the main shrine. The world’s tallest Light Jewel Pagodas, standing 29 feet tall, contain 7,200 Buddha images. You’ll also see the largest Buddhist bell in Taiwan. Forged out of pure copper, it weighs an astonishing 17,000 pounds and took two years to cast. Inside the main shrine you’ll find even more Buddha images -- 14,800, in fact behind the main shrine is the meditation hall, a serene space. This large room is a contemplative place designed for walking meditation. 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 Cultural Museum is Taiwan’s only museum specializing in Buddhist artifacts. The impressive collection includes rare and precious instruments, paintings and statues carved out of jade, stone, wood, bronze and porcelain. Return to your transport for the scenic trip back to the pier with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Buddhism.
Please note: Tour operates subject to meeting a minimum number of participants. Visiting a Buddhist temple requires observing certain rules -- please do not point at Buddha statues, monks or nuns, and please keep your voice low because people may be meditating even if they are walking.