Temple of the 10,000 Bug Bites

Okay. Not really. It’s the Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas. But given the fact that I was a tasty feast for ravenous Chinese mosquitoes, well you get the idea…

It’s been a week and I’m still scratching.

Mosquitoes aside, the Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong is great for B watching. Where else in the world will hundreds of them guide your way up 431 steps on the side of a mountain?

While I did not actually count all the Buddhas, I do believe them when they say there are at least 10,000 of them here (Official estimates are around 13,000) and each one is unique.

I met Buddhas of all shapes, sizes, sentiments, and kookiness.

Small Buddhas lining the wall

After awhile, I started to get uncomfortable with all the testosterone, so I was pleased to find out this isn’t only a men’s club. A few ladies were hanging around here and there.

Construction of The Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas was started in 1949 and completed in 1957. It took 10 years more to create the statues. On the site, there is also a 9- story pagoda, a temple, and pavilions. The founder of the temple, Yuet Kai, himself carried building materials up the mountain for construction.

Getting to the Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas: Take the train from Tsim Sha Tsui to Sha Tin station. Look for signs for the temple inside the station map and follow the path past Pai Tau Village. The temple is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Don’t forget to generously spray yourself with bug repellent.

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13 thoughts on “Temple of the 10,000 Bug Bites

    • Ekua,
      How many times I’ve thought that myself… I think this temple is a bit under the radar. In my past trips to HK, I never even knew it existed. I was browsing online and just happened to find it and was obsessed with getting there!

  1. These photos are amazing! I love hearing from other travelers and their adventures šŸ™‚ Thanks so much for dropping by – I’m thrilled it led me back to your beautiful blog!

  2. I just did a post about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the best experiences of my life. I got goosebumps reading your post. Actually did you know there are more like 30k Buddhas! They add more and more each year. GORGEOUS photos!

    • Andi,
      It is such a cool place, isn’t it? Wait, did you get eaten by bug bites too? It’s funny, but I only noticed women scratching! Wow, there are 30K? Well, I can believe it as they were in every nook and cranny in that temple…

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