Last updated on December 2nd, 2019 at 07:05 am
Fo Guang Shan Monastery is 24 kilometers far from Kaohsiung city center. We will explain in this blog post with all the details how to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery. There are many buses going to Fo Guang Shan Monastery. You can also go by train and even shared taxi can be the best option. Keep reading below all the information in our Fo Guang Shan Monastery travel guide.
Fo Guang Shan Monastery Travel Guide
How to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery
How to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by Bus
If you want to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by bus. The best way is going to MRT Zuoying Station. Once there going outside to the bus stand and look for Harvard Express and 8501 Buses. These two buses are leaving every 30-40 minutes on the left side of the station. The buses are leaving when they are full. Maybe it will be a big line and you will have to wait for 2-3 buses. Especially on the weekends. It costs $70-80 TWD per person and it takes around 40 minutes to reach there. You can pay in cash or with the Easy Card. If you use the Easy Card adding credits moving around Taiwan you will get 20 % discount every time in the MRT and public buses. You can also use the Easy Card to pay in the Family Mart and 7 Eleven.
You can also take the bus from Fengshan Train Station. You have to take Dashu Bus. There are a few buses leaving during the day. Just in case you are staying closer to this train station in Kaohsiung.
There are also buses leaving from Kaohsiung main train station. There are only a few per day and this option can be great if you are coming by regular train.
Easiest Way to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery
If you prefer the comfort of the taxi from Kaohsiung city center. It will take you 30 minutes going by taxi. This option will be the fastest one. And it’s not bad if you are joining 3-4 people since you will save a lot of time. It’s the most expensive way to get there obviously.
How to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by Shared Taxi
If you want to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by shared taxi from Kaohsiung. The best way it’s going to Zuoying Station and in the line to get the bus going to Fo Guang you will see taxi drivers asking to join them. The price is $100 TWD per person which is so affordable. Since the taxi leaves earlier when it’s full. And it’s faster than the bus. It took us only 25 minutes to reach there.
Going from Fo Guang Shan Monastery to MRT Zuoying Station
Once you are done with your visit to the Memorial. You can get the bus from Fo Guang Shan Monastery to MRT Station in the bus stop outside the Memorial. Buses are leaving every 30-40 minutes and you will have to wait the line to get the bus. Maybe you will have to wait for 1-2 buses since they can be full. It costs $70-80 TWD and it will take around 40-50 minutes to get there.
if you are in a hurry there are taxis outside that can drive you to Kaohsiung city center.
General Facts Fo Guang Shand Monastery
There is no entrance fee to access. It’s opened everyday from 9 am to 6 pm. It’s the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. And the sitting Buddha on the top is the tallest bronze sitting Buddha in the world. You can’t miss visiting this monastery.It’s very new and the Memorial was completed in 2011 with the current eight pagodas and the tallest sitting Buddha.
In our opinion 2-3 hours worth it the visit. You can have a coffee or eating in the restaurants inside the Memorial. To go back to Kaohsiung there are buses leaving every 30-40 minutes to the same points mentioned above in Kaohsiung.
It took us more than 3 hours since the day that we visited there were martial arts exhibition in the entrance. Also there were food stands around the temple behind the pagodas. It was quite busy. But the best part around the bronze sitting Buddha was calm and quiet.
The main problem we found for taking these pictures there were tracks part on the side of the pagodas. What were they doing there everybody were wondering. In my previous visit in 2014 was so clean and the views to the Buddha were perfect. Hope in our next visit we are lucky about this.
What to Bring/Wear to Fo Guang Shand Monastery
Make sure you bring water if you are planning to explore around and taking pictures.
Camera to make pictures and videos.
There is no dress code to enter to the Memorial. But as always we recommend dress properly covering your shoulders and wearing pants under your knees.
WHERE TO STAY IN KAOHSIUNG
We already told you how easy was our way from Kaohsiung airport to City Center in Central Park. Now we will share to you our place in Kaohsiung in Brio Hotel and how amazing was the experience. Great views, breakfast and the best location in Kaohsiung.
The staff was so friendly to welcome us in our first day in Taiwan. The room was with amazing views and with all comfort that you need. Our favorite thing about Brio Hotel? Apart from the staff, comfort of the room and amazing views. We have to say that the food is so delicious.
You can have Chinese and Western Breakfast enjoying the views of the city from their rooftop. First quality of food everything was delicious. Apart from breakfast we loved enjoying sandwiches, cakes, sweets and juices, sodas and coffees after visiting the city. They offer free snacks in the lobby anytime and it’s the perfect way to rest after having an amazing day around Kaohsiung. You don’t have enough with the snacks? Well Brio Hotel is amazing and the mini bar is also free of charge!
For accommodation, you can find accommodation prices starting from $20-30 USD depending on how much you want to stretch your budget. Until luxury hotels in Kaohsiung that can cost $100-300 USD for a room if you wish more comfort when visiting Kaohsiung.
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