• Big Buddha
Big Buddha, known more formally known Tiantan Buddha, it was built as part of a complex of Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island in 1993 as a source of inspiration and mystical contemplation, but today has become one of the major tourist attractions of Hong Kong.
A large bronze statue of the Buddha, located on Lantau Island, symbolizes the harmony of the relationship between man and nature, between people and religion:
One of the world's largest seated Buddha - Hong Kong 250-ton bronze God, who is seated on a lotus flower - a symbol of purity, clarity of thought and serenity. Face it, unlike fellow does not look to the south and the north - toward China.
To move up to the foot of the statue, it is necessary to overcome the staircase of 268 steps:
But it is not hard - a ladder consists of several bays with platforms on which you can rest and enjoy the fluffy green:
The height of the Great Buddha, along with an eight-meter three-level pedestal is 34 meters.
On the platform at the foot of the statue of a beautiful view of the South China Sea and the island of Lantau. Inside the pedestal is a small temple (for a fee), which includes three departments: Hall of the Universe, Merit Hall and the Hall of Remembrance.
And here you can witness the Buddhist holy relics - the remains of the earthly Buddha - Siddhartha Gautama. According to legend, the body of the founder of the religion were burned, the ashes were divided into 84,000 equal parts. A handful were sent to different countries, different nationalities, so that everyone had a piece of the great creator.
Buddha surrounded by six bronze statues of Bodhisattva (literally - a creature that tends to awaken).
Each of them represents one of the six Buddhist necessary qualities and skills: virtue, morality, diligence, compassion, patience and meditation:
The statues hand holding the sacred offerings to the Creator: flowers, incense, ointments, fruits and music instruments:
And here all day every seven minutes of ringing the bell. It turns out 108 times - a sacred number for Buddhists, containing a dozen 9 and 108 means getting rid of the troubles. It is controlled electronically.
The construction of the statue began in 1990 and ended December 29, 1993. At the opening ceremony of the monks from all over the world were invited.
The group walked in circles around the foot of the statue and prayed continuously. I counted seven laps. Then he stood still and fixed prayer group:
He hears everything:
Blix to a close at the foot of the monastery:
The monastery also not deprive the attention. Door without the fence - Active
Janitors constantly sweep the ash crumbling with burning sticks. Sticks come in half a meter in size!
Po Lin Monastery was built in 1920 and consists of several buildings, most clearly of which house of worship stands out:
Cloister decorated with thousands of colorful murals and lots of gilded Buddha images:
All the details of a temple, stone or wood, decorated with amazing carvings, often developing into individual sculptures. Po Lin Monastery and Buddha is open to the public from 10:00 to 17:45. Tourists can dine in the adjacent vegetarian restaurant or sit in a tea garden in the shade:
arranged around the beautiful vases of sticks:
It is necessary to stand in the middle and make a same-thing! After all, if something very much like, it will certainly come true! The main thing to think of and let go of the desire from himself at will - to come down to the Cosmos. Or Buddha. As you wish:
How to get. From the underground Tung Chung Station Exit B, continue to sit cable car Ngong Ping Cable Car, the rise of which takes about 15 minutes. Then peshochkom 5 minutes to convent.
Cableway - itself already a wonderful thing, six kilometers ride with views of planes taking off:
A couple more pictures of Big Buddha in Hong Kong.