The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, locally known as Man Fat Tsz, is situated at Po Fook Hill in the Pai Tau village, Sha Tin. It is one of the prominent Buddhist shrines and is included in almost all Hong Kong tour packages. The construction of this shrine began in 1949 by Reverend Yuet Kai and completed in the year 1957; however, it took around 10 more years to finish all miniature Buddha statues. There are over 13,000 idols (contrary to 10,000 as according to Cantonese tradition, ten thousand is a figurative term used for a large number) on display depicting the deity in different moods.
The monastery, sprawled across an area of 8 hectares, is built over two levels on a forest hillside. The entrance to the temple is somewhat hidden, but can be located with little effort. To reach the temple complex, travelers have to take up a steep path comprising approximately 431 steps, lined with around 500 life-size gold Arhan statues. The path leads to a lower level terrace, where the main structure is located. It comprises of Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall, four pavilions, one veranda and a nine-storey pagoda.
The main hall is lined with thousands of miniature idols of the lord seated on shelves. Each idol is around 12 inches high with a distinct pose and expression and is inscribed with the name of its donor. Besides these, there are three huge gilded Buddha statues on display, which are placed behind the preserved body of Yuet Kai in a glass case. Travellers can buy incense sticks and a variety of souvenirs that are sold at a stall inside this main hall.
The pagoda stands just opposite to the main shrine and is encircled with several shimmering idols. Tourists can climb this beautiful edifice by a spiral staircase. All storeys are provided with window ledges, which are adorned with exquisite Buddha statues, and from the top storey, tourists can have a panoramic view of Sha Tin.
The Kwun Yam (Avalotiskesvara), which is among the four pavilions, stands in the centre of the terrace between the pagoda and the main hall. It is bordered with a veranda gallery that has gold bodhisattvas on one side and Arhan statues on the other.
Among other attractions in the monastery is a two-storey Amitabha Hall that was opened for public viewing in 2009. It houses an Amitabha Buddha idol and several gold-framed drawers. These drawers are adorned with Buddha figures and contain ashes of deceased monks.
Travellers planning a tour of this wonderful attraction should be well aware of its visiting hours. Tourists can come here between 9 am to 5.30 pm; however, it remains closed during excessive rainfall or any other natural calamity. It also has a vegetarian restaurant that opens at around 10.30 am and is closed only on Thursdays. To reach here, travellers can take MTR (Mass Transit Railway) East Rail to Sha Tin Station. To avoid any issues, travellers can simply book Hong Kong packages and leave all the tension with their tour operators.