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Address: No.153, Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049, Taiwan
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+886 7 656 1921
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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At the north-east point of Dashu Township in Kaohsiung county, South...

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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Monk led tour , fantastic

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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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calgary
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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. It's an uphill walk, good distance in heat, but worth the views at the top.

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Putaruru
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monastery is an must see. Beautiful statues, temples, lakes. We show the massive dining hall, the gardens. Learned about the Buddhism religion. Monks were very open to talking and giving you literature about their beliefs. Such a place for pilgrims that a very rich man built a Buddha Museum adjacent to this monastery which is worth its own visit.... More 

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Indore, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place with lot of statues, small lake.temple etc. Quite large Monastery with all amenities. Large Dining hall. Museum , park and then Large Buddha Statue with many Golden statues.

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, the monastery offers traveler amenities, and is set on a picturesque parcel of land. There are many opportunities to be in the sun, so bringing a hat is recommended. More 

Spartanburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit. Quiet and peaceful and beautiful. A lot of walking and some steps. Hot if sunny as there is a lot of outdoor activity.

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, there are many opportunities to be out in the sun while at Fo Guang Shan, so it is a good idea to bring a hat. More 

Ridgefield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Worth visiting when going to the Guang Shan Buddha Museum as they are located next to each other. Be prepared for a lot of walking. We took a cab out to the monastery and had him wait as we toured it given there are not cabs waiting there to bring you back. Good call by us. The cab driver gets... More 

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan Monastery is worth a visit, and will require at least half a day to see the various places around the complex. There are shuttle that run between Fo Guang Shan Monastery and it's Buddha Museum next door, for those who need it. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

It is a must-see spot in the city even you were not a buddist, structured temples, Buddas were everywhere in the mountain from walking up hill. There were also different types of plantation and flowers, which lily might be one of the best species.

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, there are many types of flora here, and Spring time is a good time to see the blossoms. More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

很壮观和宁静。到台湾必定要到佛光山观光。travelers must go to this temple feel the biggest in taiwan. Please take note. Temple will close every tuesday.

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, Fo Guang Shan is the biggest monastery in Taiwan, and has many attractions to visit. Please note that only the Buddha Museum is closed on Mondays, while the rest of the monastery is open 7 days a week, thanks! More 

Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

The entire complex is huge and even if you're not religiously inclined, it's worth a visit to just stroll the grounds. There's an area with a massive Buddha surrounded by what seems like hundreds of smaller gold Buddha statues is absolutely breathtaking.

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Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Indeed, the place you visited is the Big Buddha Land, a very popular attraction to many visitors. It is advisable to set aside a whole day to see the whole place, and even more if you wish to experience the life in a monastery. More 

Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

fo guang shan has a wide embracing place for us to know the goodness of the humanity . and through the humanistic buddhism ,they guide and pursuit the human needs i am very happy to know the fo guang shan, because of it, i saw the true meaning and aspects of life, also the value of humanity

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