Last updated on March 10th, 2020 at 03:05 pm
Kaohsiung to 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. Read here Kaohsiung tourist spots.
Fo Guang Shan Monastery is one of the places that you can’t miss it when visiting Kaohsiung. One part of the Monastery is for the monks they live there. The other part is the Buddha Memorial Mueum. You will find a few Pagodas and at the end the Big Buddha 34 meters high.
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Fo Guang Shan Travel Guide
Kaohisung to Fo Guang Shan
Kaohisung to Fo Guang Shan by Bus
If you want to get from Kaohsiung to Fo Guang Shan by bus. The most popular 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.
Buses from Fengshan Train Station to Fo Guang Shan
You can also take the bus from Fengshan Train Station to Fo Guang Shan. 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.
From Fengshan Train Station to Fo Guang Shan. There are buses running from 10 am to 5 pm during weekdays every hour. And during the weekend and holidays buses are starting at 9 am until 5 30 pm every half an hour.
Kaohsiung to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by Taxi (Easiest Way)
If you prefer the comfort of the taxi from Kaohsiung to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by taxi. It will take you 30 minutes going by taxi or Uber. 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.
The price of Uber or taxi going from Kaohsiung city center to Fo Guang Shan can be around 800-1000 TWD one way. If you go with 4 people you will have to pay 200 TWD each which is around $7 USD.
Kaohisung to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by Shared Taxi (Tip Pro)
If you want to get from Kaohsiung to Fo Guang Shan Monastery by shared taxi. 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 than the bus when it’s full. And it’s faster than the bus. It took us only 25 minutes to reach there.
It was great idea for us since sometimes you have to wait for a second bus since they will be full. They dont allow people standing so it’s limited.
Going back from Fo Guang Shan to Zuoying Station
Once you are done with your visit to the Memorial. You can get the bus from Fo Guang Shan Monastery to Zuoyin 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.
Fo Guang Shan (General Facts)
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 Shan 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.
You can also read where to stay 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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