Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) Spiritual Experience in Hong Kong

Big Buddha

The Big Buddha also known as Tian Tan Buddha, is one of the best tourist as well as spiritual destinations in Hong Kong. Tourists list it at the top of their plan before starting their journey. Lying 483 meters above sea level on the top of Ngon ping of Lantau Island. It is located at a distance of 10 minutes’ walk from Ngong Ping Village. The majestic outdoor Buddha sites are lonely on the top of the peak of Mount Muk Yue.

Construction of Big Buddha was started in 1990 and continued till 1993. On the ocean of its opening ceremony, monks from all over the world were invited. Big Buddha, due to the second largest outdoor sitting in the world along with the 360-cable car and Po Lin Monastery, is considered one of the top 10 worth seeing tourist destinations in the world.

Remarkable Art Work

Big Buddha is a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. It is considered part of Po Lin monastery which attracts countless Chinese and foreign followers and tourists. The statue is 26.5 meters tall and weighs 250 metric tons altogether. Through a lot of ways, you can explore this majestic statue that is a symbol of spirituality.

people moving towards Big Buddha

Big Buddha Access

it is Located at a distance of 268 step stairs on the top of the mountain. It is accessible through different ways including cable car, stairs, or by bus. The cable car ride takes almost 25 minutes from the Tung Chung terminal to the statue. Big Buddha remains open publicly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t forget to take pictures while moving up the stairs.

As the stairs end, there is a floor base platform according to Tian Tan in Beijing. That’s why Big Buddha is also known as Tian Tan Buddha. When you climb up the stairs, don’t forget to complete a circle around Tian Tan. From that height, you can experience mountains and ocean stunning views. The calm atmosphere paired with the Lantau Island will encourage you and will be a source to soothe your soul.

Six Devas

Around the Big Buddha, there are six more statues carrying different objects including flowers, fruits, music ointments, and incense. These objects teach generosity, morality, patience, zeal, and wisdom to the followers of Big Buddha. Take your time and experience these bronze statues.

Devas having different things in their hands


There is an entry-free mausoleum under Big Buddha’s ground floor. The ashes of deceased local singer Anita Mui are inferred at this place. She died at the age of 40 due to cancer. You can also find her statue in Avenue of Stars.

Above the ground floor, there are three other floors known as the Hall of the Universe. Tourists are not allowed to capture pictures or videos in this Hall of the Universe. You can visit this hall whenever you possess an entry ticket.

What is the Best Time to Big Buddha?

Due to its existence on the top of the mountain almost 483 meters above sea level, the experience of the Big Buddha tour is highly weather dependent. Avoid planning your trip during rainy and foggy weather conditions. During foggy weather conditions, cable car cabins are wrapped by fog and you can see nothing except white clouds.

Most of the tourists prefer cable cars to excess Big Buddha, so there may be a crowd.  To get rid of this problem, book your cable car tickets earlier.


The Big Buddha also known as Tian Tan Buddha, is an iconic symbol of the city’s rich cultural heritage and spirituality. This massive bronze statue, standing at 26.5 meters tall, is located on Lantau Island and is a major tourist attraction. Visitors ascend a steep flight of 268 stairs to reach the Buddha, where they can admire the breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. The statue’s serene expression and the tranquil atmosphere of the Po Lin Monastery nearby make it a place for both spiritual reflection and awe-inspiring sightseeing, embodying the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity that defines Hong Kong.

About Bashir Shaheen

Bashir Ahmad shaheen here, and I am a storyteller. Despite not being a professional tour guide, I am thrilled to share and write about the fun things to do in Hong Kong, the untold stories & even my personal observations.

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