The Big Buddha statue in Hong Kong, or as it is also known the Tian Tan Buddha, is a major crowd-puller for tourists from all over the world, be it tourists or pilgrims. It is a bronze statue that is 34 meters tall, of Buddha Shakyamuni. The statue weighs nearly 250 metric tons. It is located on Ngong Ping Lantau Island, and is connected to the mainland via gondolas and ferries. The construction of the statue started in 1990 and it was completed in the year 1993, and has since been a major attraction. It is second largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue in the world, with the first one being in Taiwan. There are six smaller statues of Buddha on the same platform as the Big Buddha, facing it. These are known as the “The Offering of the Six Devas”. These smaller statues are depicted as offering various items such as flowers, incense, fruits, ointment, lamps or music. Each of these offerings are said to be a symbol of a virtue such as wisdom, patience, morality, meditation, charity and zeal.
The most important and famous landmarks inside the Big Buddha Park are the Bodhi Path and the Ngong Ping Piazza. The Bodhi Path will lead you up a steep staircase, which might be a tad too difficult to climb in a hurry, so make sure to take your time doing it. Once on the platform, you can see clear views of the beautiful Lantau Island, which is an enjoyable sight. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists, and for tourists, it’s a place of wonder and beautiful views. Make sure to visit it when in Hong Kong.