Date
21 November 2017
This 76-meter ststue of Guan Yin is the second tallest in the world, eclipsed only by a 108-meter statue of the goddess of mercy in Sanya. Photo: HKEJ
This 76-meter ststue of Guan Yin is the second tallest in the world, eclipsed only by a 108-meter statue of the goddess of mercy in Sanya. Photo: HKEJ

Countdown begins for HK$1.5 bln monastery opening

Hong Kong’s newest Buddhist monastery opens next month in the shadow of a 76-meter statue of Guan Yin.

It is the world’s second tallest monument to the Asian goddess of mercy, eclipsed only by a 108-meter statue of the deity in the southernmost Chinese city of Sanya.

The HK$1.5 billion (US$193.45 million) Tsz Shan Monastery covers an area of 500,000 square feet on a mountain side facing the sea in Hong Kong’s Tai Po district.

It is scheduled to open to the public on April 15, six years after construction began with funds from the Li Ka-shing Foundation. Admission is free.

The monastery features Tang dynasty architecture and some modern touches such as a dormitory with bullet-proof windows, sparking speculation it is reserved for Li, Asia’s wealthiest man. 

Walter Ngai, secretary general of the monastery, said the dormitory is not reserved for anyone in particular but visiting dignitaries could use it.

He said Li has visited but not stayed.

The monastery has received small groups of visitors since its soft opening at the end of 2014.

After the formal launch, it will take reservations by telephone or the internet from one week to 30 days in advance.

Ngai expects 400 to 500 visitors a day. They will not be allowed to bring joss sticks, meat, alcohol or other offerings to reserve the surroundings. Water will be provided.

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This dormitory has bullet-proof windows, sparking speculation it’s reserved for Li Ka-shing who financed the HK$1.5 billion project through his charitable foundation. Photo: HKEJ


An auditorium features cushioned seats in front of a bank of Buddha statues. Photo: HKEJ


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