About Fo Guang Shan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum located in Dashu district of Kaohsiung is a must-visit for those who are interested in cultural and religious places. It is situated just behind the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery established and developed in Taiwan that promotes Humanistic Buddhism. This museum is home to precious tooth relic of the Buddha brought to Taiwan by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan.
The previously known as the Buddha Memorial Center covers around 100 hectares of land has been open to public since the end of 2011. Inside the museum, there are shrines, collection of artifacts and historical objects related to the Buddha which will help visitors get to know about Buddhist teaching as well as the life of the Buddha. Upon entering the entrance gate, you will be greeted by a modern full air-conditioned front hall. There are some souvenir shops, drink shops and restaurants so visitors can buy some snacks and rest for a while. On the second floor of the building, visitors can enjoy vegetarian buffet meal for only NT$100.
Going outside the Front Hall, there are 4 Chinese-style pagodas on both left and right side of the avenue. These eight pagodas are One Teaching Pagoda, Two Assemblies Pagoda, Three Goodness Pagoda, Four Givings Pagoda, Five Harmonies Pagoda, Six Perfections Pagoda, Seven Admonishment Pagoda and Eightfold Path Pagoda. Each of the pagodas holds different function such as gallery, theatre, meeting room, bookstore and other educational space related to Buddhist teaching.
You need to walk through the great path to reach the Main Hall. If you want to avoid the sun heat, you can choose to walk through the hallway with the Hero Wall on each side of the path. Inside the Main Hall is where all the amazing collections are kept in separate rooms. You can find informative sources inside Historical Museum of Fo Guang Shan, Museum of the Life of the Buddha, Museum of Buddhist Underground Palace and Museum of Buddhist Festival on the first floor.
We highly recommend you to go inside Avalokitesvara Shrine, Golden Buddha Shrine and Jade Buddha Shrine which are also located on the first floor. Here you can admire the beautiful collection of the statues and you are welcomed to meditate, pray as well as make donations. The Buddha’s tooth relic can be found inside the Jade Buddha Shrine so don’t forget to take a look inside the shrine. However, do note that taking picture is prohibited and remember to keep your voice down!
Another part of the museum you need to check out is the Big Buddha Terrace. Take the elevator inside the Main Hall to go to the third floor and follow the direction to the outdoor area. You will be mesmerized by the giant Fo Guang Big Buddha statue which heights 108 meters right in front of you. It will be such a memorable experience to explore the largest Buddha Museum in Taiwan.
How to get there:
Take MRT to HSR Zuoying Station. Then, take E-Da Bus number 8501 (the extended route one to Fo Guang Shan) or HAFO Express outside HSR Zuoying Station. Remember to get off at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (not the Fo Guang Shan Monastery) because we did get off at the wrong stop and need to walk around 5-7 minutes to get to the museum lol. The bus rate is about NT$70/one way.
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Opening Hours : 9 am – 7 pm (weekdays)
9 am – 8 pm (weekends)
Closed every Tuesday
Address : No. 1, Tongling Rd, Dashu, Kaohsiung 840, Taiwan
Telephone : +886-7-656-3033
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.fgsbmc.org.tw/en/index.aspx