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【4K】Walk at Tsz Shan Monastery, Tai Po, Hong Kong | Second World’s highest Guan Yin bronze statue

Tsz Shan Monastery is a large Buddhist temple located in Tung Tsz, Tai Po District, Hong Kong. Within the Tsz Shan Monastery, an outdoor bronze Guan Yin Statue is 76 metres in height. Nestled against the Pat Sin Leng mountain range overlooking Plover Cove Reservoir, the Monastery spans around 500,000 square feet.

The Monastery completed its construction and opened to public visitors in April 2015. The idea for the development of Tsz Shan Monastery germinated with Mr. Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Li Ka Shing Foundation. The Foundation has contributed over HK$3 billion to cover the development costs and operation expenses to realise the essential Buddhist teachings of Clarity, Compassion and Action in service of the public.

Tsz Shan Monastery appropriates the elementary energy of the mountains and waters, and gathers the essence of the sun and the moon. Architectural features exist in harmony with the environment, and blends with the natural landscape. The overall design is simple but elegant, creating a perfect setting for the depiction of the Dharma while embracing both traditional features and modern functions.

Following the opening of Tsz Shan Monastery in 2015, there had been a rising sentiment in Mr. Li Ka-shing that Buddhist art can soothe the mind and nourish the soul with its visual aesthetics. With this conviction in mind, he set out to develop the Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum located underneath the Avalokiteśvara Statue, and after years of planning and preparation, the Museum officially opened to the public in 2019.

Architectural Concept Tsz Shan Monastery’s architectural style is inspired by the more solemn and elegant styles of the Tang, Northern Song, Liao and Jin dynasties, which existed over a period of about 600 years beginning in the 7th century.

The Monastery appropriates elements of nature in its planning as well. Tsz Shan Monastery is located on a hilly site with an expansive sea view to the front. The Monastery has two main precincts – the Main Buddha Hall Precinct and the Guan Yin Statue Precinct. Along the Main Buddha Hall Precinct, the core consists of three main buildings placed along a central axis. Each building and associated courtyard is placed on platforms rising up the hill, well defined with surrounding corridors. Regarding the Guan Yin Statue Precinct, another axis which branches off from the Grand Courtyard, devotees are led into the presence of the colossal image of Guan Yin Statue, passing the Universal Gate.

Throughout its halls and its grounds, Tsz Shan Monastery provides many spaces for contemplation. Nature is present throughout: dark African padauk wood, wavy white-grey granite, marble and bronze are the monastery's most important building materials. They are ones of texture and richness with a connection to origin.

Tsz Shan Monastery welcomes all visitors and registrations are on a "first-come, first-serverd" basis. Public are welcomed to register for a visit through the Monastery's Online Registration System.

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