Friday, 13 December 2013

10,000 Bhuddas monastery

Today we went to an amazing place on Kowloon called the 10,000 Bhuddas monastery.
The entrance is hidden behind a shopping centre but suddenly the pathway opens up and has life sized bhudda statues that escort you all the way up over 400 steps to the monastery itself.
Each statue is different, which when there are so many of them, must be quite an imaginative task for the sculptors who made them. There were so many different combinations of beards, goatees, moustaches, clean shaven, crossed legged, kneeling, standing, sitting on a fish, etc, etc.
Surely there must be a few repeats, but we didn't find one. Strangest was one with two little hands instead of eyes. That is when they must have been getting a bit desperate. 
Worryingly, there were warning signs saying to beware of pretend monks as they stand on the steps trying to con the tourists. We saw two of them on the way up and down. They looked so friendly and tried to give us bracelets and kiss our hands, but we resisted and I told them I knew they were fakes. Well I hope they were anyway.

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