Visiting the Big Buddha Hong Kong | Hong Kong Pass

One of Hong Kong's most impressive and popular attractions, discover the Big Buddha Hong Kong, Po Lin Monastery and South Lantau with our guide.

There’s more to Hong Kong than skyscrapers and the spot on subway system and venturing out to Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha is a fantastic way to see a different side of it. As the Buddhist heart of the metropolis, millions flock to Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha Hong Kong to see its breathtaking architecture or pay homage amongst the monks. Located out in remote Lantau Island, it’s a bit of a distance and will take up most of the day but is well worth seeing as one of Hong Kong’s best tourist attractions. Read on for more...

Big Buddha Hong Kong

The Big Buddha Hong Kong, known to locals as the Tian Tan Buddha, is actually a more recent development than you’d realise as it was built in 1993. Whether you take the cable car across or you’re climbing the 268 steps up to its heights, the bronze and gold Big Buddha absolutely delivers on its namesake and sits nestled amongst the mountains at 35 metres high. Made up of 160 bronze pieces according to Discover Hong Kong, the statue sits in the Lotus position and watches calmly over the Hong Kong people. After you’ve finished circling it and taking your photographs, don’t forget to wander inside the exhibit and see the altar hidden underneath it.

The Buddha Hong Kong isn’t the only thing you should see, especially if you’ve made the trek all the way out to Ngong Ping Village and Lantau Island. In fact, the Buddha is watched over by the neighbouring Po Lin Monastery - which is easily one of the most beautiful buildings in Hong Kong. Located at the base of Big Buddha’s steps, it’s a vibrant working temple and incredible to explore: especially if you can get into the Hall of the Ten Thousand Buddhas which is packed from floor to ceiling with golden Buddha statues. Once you’ve finished exploring and are ready to take a little break, stop by its restaurant which only serves vegetarian food to share a meal with the resident monks.

Still not tired yet? Take the bus from Po Lin Monastery down to Tai O Fishing Village, a small remote village with traditional stilt houses. Unsurprisingly, the local residents specialise in fishing and befittingly you’ll be able to pick up local delicacies like fermented shrimp paste and grab a meal at one of their fantastic seafood restaurants. A number of people also hang around the small bridge that goes across the main waterway, ready to take visitors on a little fishing boat to explore the village’s canals and see it all from the water.

How to get to Big Buddha

There are a few ways to get to Big Buddha, however we’d recommend taking the Ngong Ping 360 cable car over all else. Here’s a few ways to get to Big Buddha Hong Kong and Po Lin Monastery below...

Ngong Ping 360

Getting to the Big Buddha can be a bit of a nightmare if you’re relying on public transport, however luckily they’ve set up a Hong Kong cable car in recent years that’s more scenic (and more convenient). It’s called Ngong Ping 360 and begins just a stone’s throw from Tung Chung MTR station, the end of the Tung Chung line, then takes you up through Hong Kong’s luscious green mountains and over the South China Sea to Ngong Ping Village. We would recommend paying a little for one of their crystal cabins, a totally glass cable car which offers 360 views over the city.

From there, you’ll be able to explore the village which is packed with both traditional and Western chain restaurants before making your way through to Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha. There are bus links also available from Ngong Ping Village and you’ll be able to grab one down to Tai O Fishing Village, another famous attraction which comes highly recommended.

A return ticket for the regular Ngong Ping 360 cable car cabin will cost HKD$235 for adults, $110 for children aged 3-11 and $155 for seniors aged 65+. With a Hong Kong Pass, you can enjoy a free return journey on the Ngong Ping Cable Car, optional South Lantau guided tour - the ultimate way to see the area! 

Bus from Tung Chung Station

As with the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, you’ll have to first head to Tung Chung MTR station. After that, exit through Exit B and then take the New Lantao Bus 23 which will take 45 minutes. You’ll have to walk the rest of the way to the Big Buddha, which will take approximately eight minutes.

Ferry from Central

If you have a bit more time on your hands, you can take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Following that, you’ll have to jump on New Lantau Bus 2 to Ngong Ping Village which takes 40 minutes on a good day.