|view of the path upwards, lined with statues|
The Monastery is up a very steep path with approximately 400 steps behind a very large, gleaming building. It was interesting...I turned the corner around the building and suddenly the rush of the busy street, right next to a transportation station and several malls, disappeared entirely. It became very quiet. The path officially starts when the statues start. I think there are more than 500. These are statues of Bhuddist arhats, or saints. Each one was different and there was an interesting variety of faces and positions and expressions. I rather enjoyed that. Some of them have signs that I presume tell you who they are, but that was all in Chinese, probably Cantonese, since that's what's commonly spoken here.
|close up of a few of the statues|
|I was fascinated to notice the litter behind the fence; the path was perfectly clean|
The monastery is on two levels. For the most part, you weren't supposed to photograph, so I didn't. However, the main temple houses approximately 12,800 bhuddas, each in a different position, in a room on all sides up to the 30' ceilings. Quite impressive. There are multiple other temple spaces and ancestor halls (I think this is where there are ashes of ancestors and you can come to worship).
|stairway to a fence|
|mama and baby|
|the monkeys eating some oranges they stole from the offerings table|
|not sure what this little gallery was but the statues were different and it was quite lovely|
|there are actually some women statues!!!!|
|damaged old building but beautiful|
|water garden with statues|
|a better picture of the overall water garden|
|turtles in the water garden|