Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsReligious SitesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Buddha Museum (formerly Buddha Memorial Center) was constructed with the intention of the construction commenced in 2001 enshrining the Buddha's relic and lasted for ten years. It was officially opened on the 25th December 2011.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
    Hong Kong, China5,835 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should be world famous!
    This is one of the most overwhelming religious sites I have ever visited in terms of scale and it’s an amazing experience to wander round. I don’t even think I saw half of it as I needed to get back to Kaohsiung and there was loads of other stuff in the museum itself so give yourself hours to see it all. The golden Buddha statue, the pyramid in which it rests, the interior shrines, the surrounding stupas and the the nearby towers are all truly magnificent. Really friendly guides around too, all keen to introduce and explain.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Wito W
    Greater London, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    This Buddhist ‘Disneyland’ takes a full day to explore. Various sections offer different insight into artefacts, traditions, displays and presentations. Staff are extremely welcoming and make the visit even more interesting. I had an amazing day out! Make sure you visit this location as it’s worth it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Ineika
    Frankfurt, Germany286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go there, it‘s a must see
    The museum is extremely impressive and really worth a visit. The area with different buildings is huge and there is something to discover everywhere. The exhibitions and exhibits are entertaining and great. You can certainly spend a whole day here. And the 108 metre high golden Buddha, which towers over the entire complex, is really fantastic.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Steven S
    Pattaya, Thailand779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit combo with the temple
    Like its temple namesake this is another massive complex. Free entry. I took the E02 bus from bay 3 bus station outside MRT Zouying station. TWD70 each way or use your Easycard. Around a 40min bus ride. You can get off or picked up from either the temple or the buddha museum. They are 800ms apart. The complex is easy to navigate. Plenty of shade is provided by structures along the walkways which you will appreciate. I just ambled along admiring the statues, the friezes on the walls, the big buddha etc. There are many shops and stall vendors who sell food, health products, jewelery etc. Certainly worth an hour or two.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Commercial Face of Buddhism
    Having recently been to an actual Buddhist monastery very close by, this place struck me as rather more commercial in its activities. THe site is large, with several pagoda-style towers leading you up through gardens to the main buidling surmounted by a very large Buddha statue. There are lots of shops (some quite expensive), restaurants, meeting areas, staues, toilets etc. It didn't feel very reverent to me, but everyone seemed pretty cool with it.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Anthony L
    Singapore, Singapore75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fo Guan Shan Monastery KaohSiung Taiwan
    Magnificent architecture covering more than 30 hectares! Located at KaohSiung , very magnificent architecture whether you are Buddhist or not. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to walk towards the great Buddha , if you want to tour around the whole place you probably needs 2 hr. At the entrance of the place, there are shops and even Starbucks. It’s listed as the no.4 biggest Buddha in the world at 36m.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China20,343 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual journey
    Fo Guang Shan is a heaven of spiritual sublimation. A short ride from downtown Kaohsiung, this Buddhist institution is a vast compound of religious teaching and interaction. The landscape of giant Buddha statue and eight symmetrical pagodas has become a postcard of the Taiwanese city. The museum is informative and illustrative of Buddhist history and culture. Volunteer workers there are friendly and passionate about the place and Buddhism in general.
    Thank you for your feedback. Hope you have the wonderful memory of your time here!
    Written 16 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 January 2024
  • BertSG
    527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Amazing
    Take bus E02 from Kaoshiung HSR station. It drops off at either the museum first or temple later. Recommend you drop off at museum, walk to temple and take the bus back from temple....in this sequence. This is because on the return leg from Fo Guamg Shan to town, the bus picks passengers up from temple bus stop first (empty bus) and then from museum bus stop...where there's usually a long queue (which means you may not board, as once all seats are taken up, you wait for the next bus, usually an hour later). We spent 4 hours at the museum. Fascinating views of pagodas and main building. Spend time listening and learning about the history of the religion. View the tooth relic (only one of three in the world). Listen to the monks share insights of the founder, religion and history of the place. Lots of eateries also available. We next walked up the hill, about 800m to the temple/monastery. Spend an hour or two here.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom185,717 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything You Need In Buddhism
    This huge complex is a Buddhist centre combining art, cultural & religious museums with education. The entrance to the complex will take visitors through a path lined with pagodas, ending in the Buddha Memorial Museum surmounted by a giant golden statue of Buddha. The path and museum are full of symbolism, referencing such as the Four Noble Truths. The museum has many exhibitions, Buddhist temples & chapel. It would take a whole day to see everything properly. So it’s very handy that there are so many restaurants and cafes on site. Of the museums, the exhibition on Buddhist cave art was stunning, while the Jade Buddha Shrine and Avalokiteśvara Shrine and Golden Buddha Shrine are well worth a visit. Note that the museum does conduct tours in English, but requires advance booking. I think it was 7 days.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2024
  • Dodolady
    Singapore336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Signed up for a day tour and we started off at this museum. Was great since it was a rainy day. There are a few places within the museum to visit. Will take at least 2-3hrs to fully explore the place. The vegetarian food is yummy. Do cater time for lunch!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
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Keith R
Petersfield, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A very large monastery / museum complex. We took the e02 bus from Zuoying High speed train station (NT$70, avoid the taxi touts, and note that buses are less frequent on weekdays). We went to the 'museum' site first, through what seemed a rather incongruous up-market shopping mall. The big Buddha statue seemed more fitting and in place in real life than in pictures. The jade Buddha shrine had a deep stillness. We then had a buffet lunch by the entrance - NT$130 with a wide choice of veggie options.
We then went to the Sutra Hall - we were the only ones there, and on to the main shrine in the monastery. I preferred this side of the complex : it seemed to be the working end of things. Returned to Kaohsiung on the three o'clock bus
Written 19 January 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written 4 February 2020
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benjambment
Denton, TX61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Not sure what part of Fo Guang Shan this is supposed to be a review for, because there are numerous displays here. Seriously, bring water, possibly an umbrella, and wear good shoes.

This place is pretty open to the various schools of Buddhist thought and has statues and displays to most of them, which, if you know anything about Buddhism, is pretty cool.

It's some distance from the travel hubs in Kaohsiung / Zuoying. We took the subway to Daliao and then an Uber to Fo Guang Shan, because it was the best hybrid of short travel times and price (side note - if you buy a subway card in Taibei, you can use it here). If you're looking for a way to Kaohsiung, try to get the HSR (high speed rail) from Taibei or Taoyuan (depending on where you're starting from), not the normal train.
Written 3 January 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written 4 January 2020
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Janet1016
Ottawa, Canada1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While visiting Taiwan in January, my son, who lives in nearby Pingtung, brought my husband and I to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Museum just outside of Kaohsiung. It is absolutely stunning and there is a lot to take in. If I could give any helpful tip, it would be to do your homework before you go, so you know what to look for and what to seek out, especially if you are an English speaker.

Fo Guang Shan is an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

The grounds are immense and encompass more than thirty hectares. We were there right around the Chinese New Year Holiday. We visited the Jade Buddha, walked around the grounds and got right up close to the Giant Bronze Buddha statue which is 108 metres tall including the base and 50 metres tall all on its own. It's equivalent to the size of a 36 storey building. It is the tallest Bronze sitting Buddha statue in the world.

It's a really cool place to visit and like I said above, study up a bit first so you are more familiar with Buddhism, the culture and beliefs and you'll get more out of it.

There are shops inside, it's air-conditioned and there are food booths (vegetarian).
Written 22 February 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback!
Written 22 June 2020
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rnathan
Surrey, Canada332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We arrived by taxi and left by E20 bus. The museum is arranged as an entrance building with shops and food vendors, then 8 pagodas (some of which were closed), then the main hall crowned by an enormous Buddha statue. We did not see the Buddha tooth relic, but visited four stupas at the top level. After a nice vegetarian lunch, we took a free shuttle van up to the monastery, and walked back through the grounds to the entrance. We were impressed by the grounds which are well kept.
Written 28 January 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written 4 February 2020
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I highly recommend visiting if you have the time to go outside Kaohsiung. Taking an Uber was only half and hour and cost approximately 900NTD each way. Much faster than the bus.

The main entrance building was a little commercial with a Starbucks, a hotel, vegetarian restaurant and buffet, and some fast food.

Next was the long walk towards the museum. Instead of walking down the center I suggest veering to the pagodas on the right side. Inside each were different themes (calligraphy, founding of Fo Guang Shan, etc). The ones on the left side were administrative offices, dedicated to weddings, etc. as you get closer to the museum there were alternating panels of Buddha sayings or a snapshot of a key life event. It was cooler walking here as the walkway was covered.

Access to the golden Buddha, all 36 stories tall, was on the third floor above the museum. I did the circumambulation to all four stupas and learned a little about each. Well worth it. Right underneath the Buddha was a room dedicated to Calligraphy. Only accessible if you want to and are able to write Chinese words.

The first floor of the museum was the most educational. The second and third floor rooms were closed. The first floor rooms were dedicated to:

Buddhist festivals
History of Fo Guang Shan
Life of Buddha including a 4D movie that ran every half an hour.
Underground shrines and relics. I learned that they will open one of 48 underground palaces every 100 years. The next one will be in 88 years from now (maybe my grandchildren will come back)!
Jade Buddha Shrine where the tooth relic was stored. No photos allowed plus you must remove your shoes.
Golden Buddha Shrine
Avalokitesvara Shrine (Thailand)

Everyone I met was very friendly and did their best to explain things in English.

Plan to spend a couple hours here as a minimum.
Written 24 September 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful feedback! we have four special exhibitions at the second floor, hope you can visit next time.
Written 9 April 2023
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brbrfur
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I haven't seen anything like this before. It was just before the Chinese New Year that I was there and you could see everyone to do their best to prepare the whole place for the big celebration.
Even if it wasn't before Chinese New Year it still incredible place to visit, pagodas, museum everything. There are a lot of volunteers who are friendly and ready to explain to you the history, about Buddha's life, etc.
You can even see the relic of Buddha's tooth.
Written 30 March 2020
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Hi, welcome to BMC. May good acts, good words, and good thoughts come to you everyday. Buddha bless!
Written 11 September 2020
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TheOExpress🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇭🇰
Hong Kong, China5,835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is one of the most overwhelming religious sites I have ever visited in terms of scale and it’s an amazing experience to wander round. I don’t even think I saw half of it as I needed to get back to Kaohsiung and there was loads of other stuff in the museum itself so give yourself hours to see it all. The golden Buddha statue, the pyramid in which it rests, the interior shrines, the surrounding stupas and the the nearby towers are all truly magnificent. Really friendly guides around too, all keen to introduce and explain.
Written 21 August 2023
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,702 contributions
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Nov 2019
Majestic building and a very beautiful place to view displays and exhibits related to Buddha. Even for non buddhists like us, the place was nice to visit and informative. The whole Fo Guang Shan area would require almost a day to visit and walk around. Even the grounds are beautiful.
Written 20 October 2020
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BertSG
Singapore527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Take bus E02 from Kaoshiung HSR station. It drops off at either the museum first or temple later. Recommend you drop off at museum, walk to temple and take the bus back from temple....in this sequence. This is because on the return leg from Fo Guamg Shan to town, the bus picks passengers up from temple bus stop first (empty bus) and then from museum bus stop...where there's usually a long queue (which means you may not board, as once all seats are taken up, you wait for the next bus, usually an hour later).

We spent 4 hours at the museum. Fascinating views of pagodas and main building. Spend time listening and learning about the history of the religion. View the tooth relic (only one of three in the world). Listen to the monks share insights of the founder, religion and history of the place. Lots of eateries also available.

We next walked up the hill, about 800m to the temple/monastery. Spend an hour or two here.

Written 24 February 2024
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Wito W
Greater London, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This Buddhist ‘Disneyland’ takes a full day to explore. Various sections offer different insight into artefacts, traditions, displays and presentations. Staff are extremely welcoming and make the visit even more interesting. I had an amazing day out! Make sure you visit this location as it’s worth it!
Written 31 August 2023
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