10,000 Buddhas was absolutely amazing. Being in the middle of the week it was also super quiet which was a nice change for a busy tourist area. The walk up wasn’t as bad as I expected, but I did pass a few people who couldn’t quite handle the amount of stairs there were. For weeks now, every time I talked to someone back home about 10,000 Buddhas they always ask “is there really 10,000?”. The answer: kind of. There are hundreds of life sized statue, all with distinct personalities and different poses (some sit on foo dogs, some meditate, others stare directly into your soul in a way that makes you glad you didn’t go at night). Most photos you see of it will lead you to believe there’s actually 10,000 of these life sized statues, there’s actually just a few hundred. However up in the monastery there are thousands of little statues lining the walls (of course you shouldn’t take photos of the sacred prayer areas out of respect for most religious temples so no photos of them here).
Things that surprised me: It’s weirdly just in a shady little corner with a bunch of barbed wire fences. Nothing really stood out to tell you it was a tourist area, but that is pretty common with touristy things such as the Choi Hung estate. Also there’s a lot of warnings about fake monks begging for money, similar to the warnings about pickpockets at a lot of other temples and tourist spots. While there I picked up a small golden lotus flower for my brothers girlfriend, I plan to get gifts for everyone back home so I’ll probably have to visit Mong Kok and all the markets again (Stanley market is also on that list). After the monastery I explored around a bit and stumbled upon what I originally thought was small park and temple around the corner. This actually turned out to be Po Fook hill cemetery. Tripadvisor had told me there was a nearby temple that many people mistake for 10,000 Buddhas. Having no idea what it was I was blown away by the architecture. The whole area was very somber; once I realised what the place actually was I tried to be as respectful as possible (as always). It was still an incredible area that blew my mind. Later on I learned that they do tours around there and that to have ashes stored in urns there costs thousands of dollars.