The Venerable Buddha of Lantau

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    Descending from the summit of the tallest peak on Hong Kong's outlying island of Lantau, hikers are treated to this distant view of the 4 story tall statue of Buddha on the road toward Ngong Ping.

    The statue is located at the Po Lin Monastry and is the largest, sitting, outdoor Buddha in the world (thanks Sam). Within the giant figure is a museum containing precious Buddhist relics.

    This photo was taken in 2003 and recently scanned from slide film. For a recent, closer look at the statue, visit fellow Flickr-ers Jeff & Myha.

    1. Myha 109 months ago | reply

      Wow! Intereresting view... Worth the hike I guess. Creates an interesting silohuette.

    2. laszlo-photo 109 months ago | reply

      Thanks Jeff & Myha. I was lucky the weather was favorable. The hike was strenuous, but as you put it, well worth it!

    3. Sam's Exotic Travels 109 months ago | reply

      Nice capture and a unique view of the Sitting Buddha. I've been in HK for 3 years now - but have never done this hike - you're my inspiration.

    4. laszlo-photo 109 months ago | reply

      Thanks Sam. I've seen your work. You're very talented. Your Angkor Wat series, in particular, is rivetting.

      A funny story about this hike... I took the bus from the ferry landing at Mui Wo. My plan was to ask the bus driver about what stop to use once we got on the Tung Chung road.

      At the appointed time, I went to the front of the bus, only to find that there was a sign warning that it was against the law to talk to the bus driver! A bit apprehensive, I took my best guess when to hit the "stop" button and overshot the enterance to hiking trail by miles.

      As a result, I wound up descending the rugged peak as the sun was setting. So... maybe the picture turned out better because of my poor planning.

    5. Sam's Exotic Travels 109 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your kind words.

      I think it is the largest sitting buddha. The largest buddha is at Leshan China - see www.samsays.com/Leshan.htm
      The one in Afganistan was the largest until the Taliban destroyed it.

      I think you could have safely ignored the sign about talking to the driver - people still do it.

      Long ago I spent 4 years in Youngstown/Warren area. I really liked it - halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh - lots of good memories.

    6. laszlo-photo 109 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the clarification Sam. I wrote from memory, and I've made the correction in the description above.

      At one time, Cleveland and Pittsburgh were ranked in the top ten "Most Livable Places" in America, so it sounds like you had the best of both! Take care!

    7. laszlo-photo 101 months ago | reply

      I geotagged the Buddha statue in this photo.
      If you click the 'map' link in the "Additional Information" section (over on the right) and then zoom way in, you'll see a deatiled sattelite image of the Buddha and the Po Lin monastary. ahhhh technology...

    8. AlicePopkorn 80 months ago | reply

      stillness and beauty :)

    9. vtravelled.com 56 months ago | reply

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