Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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When traveling around the world, travelers need to experience different cultures and learn from them. Like the famous Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is one of the destinations that combine travel and a learning experience. Fo Guang Shan is a perfect site for travelers to learn and to experience the Buddhist culture while enjoying beautiful landscapes and its impressive architecture.
The temple was built on five small mountain peaks, following the design of the monasteries built on the Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism in China- Wutai Emei, Jiuhua, and Putuo.
The First Peak or the East Peak:
The Great Vow Shrine, The Great Buddha Land, the Great Wisdom Shrine, and the Men’s Quarters
The Second Peak:
Open for believers to worship Buddha; Avalokitesvara Pond, Non-duality Gate, Pure Land Cave, Pilgrims Lodge, and the Main Shrine.
The Third Peak:
The Precious Bridge, The Great Compassion Shrine, Eastern Buddhist College, and the Women’s Quarters
The Fourth Peak:
Fuhui Home for Spiritual Cultivation and Learning Center for Believers
The Fifth Peak (Emei Peak):
Great Practice Shrine (Samantabhadra Bodhisattva), Fo Guang Senior Citizens Home, and Da Ci Children’s Home
Getting to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Like other popular destinations in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum can also be easily reached by public transportation. Travelers have many options. They can hop on a bus at Zuoying Station, which is accessible by taking the redline MRT to Zuoying MRT Station. Once you’re outside the station, travelers can wait at the bus stop and take bus number 8501. The bus fare is averagely around 60-100 NTD; when paying on the bus, travelers should have the exact amount because drivers will not give any change or by purchasing an Easy Card. The journey from Zuoying Station will take about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the traffic on the day of your visit.
Guang Shan Memorial Park is an attraction that is not to be missed when visiting Taiwan. This monastery, Museum and the memorial center has been getting quite the attention and is known as one of the best spots to learn about the history and practice of the Buddhists in Taiwan. Not to mention, Fo Guang Shan is surrounded by beautiful scenery that will bring every traveler a calm sense of mind. Visitors usually come to enjoy the view, immerse themselves in the culture, and stroll around for half of the day. So, if Kaohsiung is on the itinerary, be sure that you include Guang Shan Memorial Park on your bucket list!
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