Visiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Fo Guang Shan – founded in 1967- is located in the northeast of Dashu Township, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. It’s the largest Buddhist monastery and is one of the famous temples in Taiwan. This is where the convergence of impressive sculpture: giant Buddha statue with cast bronze and steel; Art gallery contains Buddhist books, peaceful gardens, etc.,.

We visited Fo Guang Shan in April 2018

We visited Fo Guang Shan in April 2018


Here you guys can learn Buddhist architecture such as temples, giant statues, …

Total 108 meters of height – it is the highest bronze-cast Buddha in the world today.


Art galleries, …

And peaceful gardens.

How to go to Fo Guang Shan?

You guys should reach Zuoying MRT station (R16) or Kaohsiung HSR station first. ( These two stations are in the same location).  Then, go to Exit No. 1, find the bus stop right next to the high-speed train station, line up at platform number 5 and take bus number 8501 to Fo Guang Shan (It takes 1 hour roughly), and return at Eda-World station. You guys can also take bus number 8010 or 8011 from Kaohsiung Main Station.

There are 11 buses arrivals Fo Guang Shan each day, departing from Kaohsiung (ticket: 80NT$, 50 minutes); and 15 buses running from Zuoying Station. But you can also catch the fast-bus (tickets: 20NT $ and 20 minutes/turn).



The main gate to get in Fo Guang Shan


Such a big area! It has another road for cars coming up the temple.


Fo Guang Shan is quite a large area (total area of 100 ha), so you guys should spend a day exploring the most fascinating destinations and activities here.

Fo Guang Shan is open for tourists on all days. If you are really interested in Buddhism, whether you come from anywhere, there will be monks and nuns who know your language of your country and are ready to accompany you throughout the journey.

We're almost at the top.

We’re almost at the top.


Could you see the river over there, behind those statuses. It’s the second largest river in Taiwan

Could you see the river over there, behind those statuses? It’s the second largest river in Taiwan

With the wide road, two sides with eight stupa opposites.

With the wide road, two sides with eight stupa opposites.

The Buddha’s tooth remains here (!)

The main precious treasure of the temple is the rare Buddha’s relic-tooth in the world. According to the classic records, after the Buddha passed away, the Buddha’s tooth remains only three, and one of them is in Fo Guang Shan.

Strict regulations

In order to maintain the sacred place, Fo Guang Shan is also famous for its strict regulations. You should follow the rules when coming to this place. For example, you could be fined a huge sum of money if you smoke, which is considered to be a vulgar and adversely act and affects the purity of the temple.


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