Photographer's Note

Photo was taken in Po Lin Monastery. Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Giant Buddha, is located on Lan Tau Island (aka Big Fish Mountain) is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. It has an area of 142 square kilometers but a population of only 25,000. More then half the island is designated as parkland. The island's history goes back as far as the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1127), when the island was famous for producing salt, a highly valued commodity then. Po Lin Monastery is the largest and most well known monastery on Lan Tau Island. Po Lin Monastery is known as the "Buddhist Kingdom in the South," serving as a Buddhist retreat. Po Lin was originally built, during the Qing Dynasty, by three Zen masters in 1920 as a small stone hut shrine dedicated to Buddha. In 1924 it was officially renamed "Po Lin Monastery." Since the 1930's the monastery started to expand. The present buildings date from 1921 and 1970. The main temples have brightly painted vermillion interiors with dragons and other Chinese mythical figures on the ceilings. (

I saw this bell inside the Temple.

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