Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum is in Da Shu ("Big Tree") District, Kaohsiung City. The easiest way to get there is via the Formosa (#3) Freeway. The museum/monastery is located on the western edge of Kaohsiung City, just over the river from Pingtung. 佛光山佛陀紀念館位於高雄市大樹區. 紀念館離福爾摩沙高速公路很近. 紀念館 / 禪寺也靠近高雄市與屏東縣中間的高屏溪.
One of the great things about Fo Guang Shan is that it's nearly impossible to miss. Just look for the big golden Buddha and the pagodas. The main parking lot is next to this tower. 佛光山的一個好處就是很好找. 開往大佛像寶塔就對了. 停車場在這個塔旁邊.
After entering the main gate you'll see this building. No need to pay an entrance fee, though they do accept donations. 進入大門之後你會看到大廳. 在這裡不用買門票, 可以捐款.
That gate in the background leads to the monastery. 後面的大門是往禪寺.
There's a vegetarian buffet on the second floor of the main hall. It costs 150 NT a person to eat there. Not a huge selection of stuff, but the food we had was good. 大廳二樓有素食自助餐. 一個人150元. 選擇不多可是料理好吃.
The shopping arcade inside the main hall. We affectionately refer to this part as "the Buddha department store." There's a Starbucks just inside the entrance. 大廳裏面的商圈. 我們有時候叫這個部分 "佛陀百貨." 入口旁邊有一家星巴克.
The view everybody comes here for. I've seen some awesome pictures of this place, but pictures never do it justice. You need to come here to get a sense of how BIG it all is. 這是大家想來看的景色. 這裡的美景照片非常多, 可是自己來看最好. 從照片看不出來這場地有多大.
Each of the pagodas to the right and left of the Buddha have their own exhibits. Some are more interesting than others. Many of these exhibits close during lunch time. 大佛像旁的寶塔都有不同的展覽, 有的很有趣. 中午的時候有的展覽館休息.
It would be misleading to say that the entire museum's indoors. There are many statues, carvings and plaques on the outside, too. 紀念館外面也很有可看性. 外面的雕像, 雕刻, 牌匾很多.
Building this place must have cost a fortune. Keeping it open and clean every day can't be easy. They have a lot of volunteers to help out, but even so this place is huge. 蓋這個地方一定花了很多錢. 每天營運與保持清潔也不簡單. 來幫忙的志工很多, 可是整理那麼大的地方很不簡單.
The building under the big Buddha has the best exhibits. Some of the carvings in here are amazing. 大佛像下面的展覽是最有趣的. 有的雕像很是令人驚奇.
An old "school bus" from Fo Guang Shan's early days. 佛光山早期的校車.
Another display explaining the monastery's community outreach programs. I wasn't able to photograph the more religious exhibits here because photography is forbidden in those areas. 這個展覽在介紹佛光山的社區外展計畫. 我沒辦法拍裡面的佛像和佛壇類的展覽, 因為裡面禁止拍照.
Shrine/stupa next to the big Buddha. 大佛像旁邊的佛塔.
The main attraction and the top of the hill. There's also another restaurant in this building, and many of the "events" held in the complex happen inside. While we were there I believe they were displaying one of the Buddha's teeth. 山坡上最有名的佛像. 下面的大樓還有一家餐廳, 舉辦大部分活動的地點. 我們在那邊的時候, 紀念館裡有一顆佛陀的牙齒.
I've heard friends refer to this place as "Buddhist Disneyland," and while it doesn't have a roller coaster it does have that feeling. Yet despite what some might perceive as "worldliness" Fo Guang Shan still an interesting and worthwhile place to visit. 我有幾個朋友叫這個地方 "佛教迪士尼." 它沒有過山車, 可是真是有那種感覺. 有的人會覺得這裡很"入世" , 我覺得佛光山是一個有趣, 值得參觀的地方.
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