The Po Lin Monastery, I talked about in my previous blog was established in 1906 by three monks who came to Hong Kong from China. At the time it was established it was known as “The Big Hut” but was later renamed in 1924 to its current name, Po Lin Monastery (means precious Lotus).
It is a beautiful monastery which houses many Buddhist scriptures apart from three bronze statutes of the Buddha representing his past, present and future. On the ground floor, on its right is a very beautiful and old tree under which there is fish pond. You have to actually see it to believe, the size of the gold fish here.
There are also large vases and places where people burn incense when they come to pray. There is a smaller temple which leads to the main courtyard facing the Temple Gateway. There are also some deities and guards, who protect the main gateway.
Inside is the massive hall called the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas with a beautiful carved ceiling. No photography is permitted inside.
Outside there is a Wisdom Path where series of wooden posts form a figure eight, which is used for prayers by Buddhists, Taoists and Confucians.
The day we visited it was very hot and humid, otherwise on a good day you can spend quite a lot of time strolling through the gardens.