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Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)

Free admission
Lantau Island, Lantau Island

The Basics

Big Buddha is a popular day trip destination from Hong Kong, and most Lantau Island tours include a visit to the iconic statue. Explore the adjacent Po Lin Monastery and its Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, ride the skyrail cable car from Ngong Ping Village for picturesque views of the giant statue, and perhaps visit nearby attractions such as Tai O fishing village, famous for its stilted houses. For a personalized experience, opt for a private or small-group tour.

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
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$154.74 per adult
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Fun Experience
This was an excellent tour all the way through. Peter was our guide and he made the tour fun and informative.
kdevoe, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Hong Kong SAR

star-5
The tour company was organized, the...
Tiffany B, Jan 2018
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
The tour company was organized, the transportation service was very clean and the day was amazing. I have no regrets on booking this tour.
star-5
Tour was good. All on time...
Brenda S, Mar 2016
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Tour was good. All on time. Vehicles were clean and in great condition. Guide was cute. Lunch at the monastery was delish!
star-5
Great alternative to city
Jan B, Nov 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Our guide, KC, was excellent. The addition of going to the north end and seeing the fishing village added value to the visit to the buddha and monestary. Lunch was excellent!
star-5
Lantau Island Tour with Ryan Review
sammintz, Jan 2019
Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O
My friends and I LOVED Ryan. He was absolutely amazing and showed us everything we wanted to see. He went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, knew where we were and even made sure we got home. You can tell he genuinely cared about us and was passionate about the places we were seeing. We would highly recommend him and this tour. :)
star-5
Great trip!!!
Connector05025155687, Nov 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Our guide, Ben, was a native of the island so his enormous knowledge of the history and people of the place made this trip very interesting.
star-5
Fun!
sara h, Oct 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Had a great day, the Giant Buddha was amazing and our host was great. Really nice day out exploring.
star-5
This is a great contrast to the...
Ruben S, Feb 2018
Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O
This is a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Amy is a fantastic guide who provides a unique and local perspective of Lantau island.
star-4
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
dawnscutt, Oct 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
We changed the date last minute which was agreed with the trip organisers. Initially was a little disorganised but once we got to the island the guide was very knowledgeable. Fishing village was great. All round very happy with the trip and would recommend
star-5
Lantau Island Tour
Resort25569552178, Oct 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Tour provided good variety of activities. Tour guide, Ben, was knowledgeable with excellent English language skills.
star-5
Brilliant Trip
Smiv88, Oct 2019
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
Ben was our tour guide and he was fantastic. So knowlegable and friendly. We had a wonderful day exploring some of the highlights of the island.
star-4
Tour itself good but a nightmare if...
Lynporter, Oct 2017
Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour
Tour itself good but a nightmare if you are staying in Kowloon and have to go to island to pickup tickets and train passes. Should be able to down the lot online and avoid an expensive taxi ride to go to HK island to pick up. Have used Viator in the past in different countries and been very happy but this left us frustrated.
star-5
This package worked well for us as...
Liza, Sep 2017
Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour
This package worked well for us as it included a round trip AE pass, 3 days unlimted MTR pass and the full day tour of Ngong Ping. Very useful to many travelers who want to explore the many facets and attractions of Hong Kong. Will definitely recommend this to my friends.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Big Buddha is a must-see for first-time visitors to Hong Kong.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • Day trips to Lantau Island from Hong Kong typically last about eight hours.

  • Big Buddha and the cable car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping are both wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Big Buddha is located on Lantau Island, roughly one hour by road from Hong Kong. To get to the statue via public transportation, take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) from Hong Kong to Tung Chung MTR Station. From there, hop on a bus or the scenic cable car railway to Ngong Ping Village.

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When to Get There

The statue is open daily and is busiest on Saturdays and Sundays, when many locals and mainland tourists come to visit. Arrive early to avoid crowds and check the weather in advance, as views from the statue’s base are best on a clear day.

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Design of the Big Buddha Statue

It took 12 years to plan and build the Big Buddha statue, partly due to the 32 symbolic markers (laksanas) that were incorporated into the piece from Buddhist scriptures (sutras). Each element is symbolic—from the pearls on Buddha’s head that represent his wisdom to the wheel of law etched on each palm, referencing the Buddha’s eternal truth that spreads out in all 10 directions of the universe.

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