Chi Lin Nunnery (Chinese: 志蓮淨苑; Jyutping: zi3 lin4 zing6 jyun2; Cantonese Yale: Jilìhn Jihng Yún) is a large Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and was rebuilt in the 1998 following the traditional Tang Dynasty architecture. The temple halls have statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, the goddess of mercy Guanyin and other bodhisattvas. These statues are made from gold, clay, wood and stone.
The temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery are open to the public daily free of charge.
Trina Do | Mar 31, 2018
Beautiful place to visit with the temples and gardens and the high rises in the background. You can't take pictures inside of the statues but there are some nice ones in all gold. The outside is very picturesque with the lotus ponds and the waterfalls and gardens. It's quite easily accessible by bus or mtr, a couple minutes walk from Diamond Hill station. It's worth to come for an hour or two to explore and it's free!
Pak Lim Boris Lau | Mar 31, 2018
A place of fantasy! Those old Chinese architectures here are very beautiful. The lotus flowers in the pool show the quietness and peace of the park. Come and take a visit. :)
Alex Chan | Feb 18, 2018
extra points for disabled access. clean and plenty of room. not that busy when I went and possible to take baby and pram. no baby changing room for males only females.
Power Gal | Mar 31, 2018
Nice park to hang out with family for relaxed and the vegetarian restaurant inside this park was nice too. Ensure to make a reservation to avoid of any disappointment.
jay mickley | Feb 10, 2018
Beautiful temple and garden. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside where the truly beautiful Buddha are displayed. One of the best places to visit in Hong Kong, by far!
Anita Chang | Apr 20, 2018
A nice and quiet place located at the center of diamond hill. This nunnery is perfect for people whose seeking for peace of mind who appreciating buddhism.
K B | May 24, 2018
So nice and quiet. You think it's going to be noisy because it's under a highway but it's great. The waterfall is beautiful.
Diego Bruschi | Jun 6, 2018
The temples in this garden were amazing, very tranquil and peaceful. It isn’t crowded at all and its in walking distance from the metro station. Definitely to visit during your visit in hong kong!
Lyn Borromeo | Jun 7, 2018
Peaceful garden,nice to care a walk for meditation or relaxing your mind from busy city’s here in Hong Kong..easy to reach by mtr of Kowloon tong lines down to diamond hill station
BradJill Travels | Jun 6, 2018
One of my favourite places to visit during Chinese New Year is the Chi Lin Nunnery (free entry) near Diamond Hill. Opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm for the temple halls and 7am to 7pm for the Lotus Pond Garden. The Chi Lin Nunnery is a Tang Dynasty style complex with two main sections. The Lotus Pond Garden which is nearest to and connected directly to the excellent Nan Lian Gardens, is a tranquil area with four ponds with lotus plants. There are well manicured shrubs and planted trees with blooms which are lovely to see during the cooler months of the year. Walking through the Lotus Pond Garden, you enter into the interior of the Nunnery where you find more plants and a handful of halls with statue figures of Buddha for worship. The main hall includes five large golden figures that are quite impressive to see. During Chinese New Year, staff are on hand in the main hall passing out lucky lia see (red packets w/ coin) for visitors. There are stands lining the outside walls of the main hall with small souvenirs as well. The grounds of Chi Lin are beautiful to see year round but we particularly enjoy visiting during CNY when the weather is cooler, making it more comfortable to stay for longer periods of time outside. A combined visit with the Nan Lian Garden's which are attached by connective bridge which crosses the road between the two is highly recommended. Both are amongst the most popular and overall best free attractions in Hong Kong. You can make a brief visit of 30-45 minutes between the two if you have limited time. Otherwise, a 2-3 hour visit including lunch at the Vegetarian restaurant in Nan Lian can make for a relaxing and pleasant sightseeing experience in Hong Kong.
Annia Hsu | Jul 6, 2018
Peaceful place in the midst of an extremely overcrowded and bustling city. I felt very relaxed and calmed after visiting this place.
Chillie Paulite | Jul 16, 2018
A very nice and peaceful place with a good scenery. Good for all ages. You can see lots of Big Golden Buddhas. Such a great Chinese Architectures and temples.The big golden fishes were also good to see.
Pak Lim Boris Lau | Jul 5, 2018
A place of fantasy! Those old Chinese architectures here are very beautiful. The lotus flowers in the pond show the quietness and peace of the park. Come and take a visit. :)
Toland Lam | Jul 28, 2018
Chi Lin Nunnery is one of the many things I love about Hong Kong. The seamless combination of modern architecture and historic - traditional style Asian housing is incredible. The backdrop of this city's skyrises and terrain make this view all the more unique. Well maintained and right next to the Nan Tian Garden, drop by on a beautiful morning or lit evening for wonderful pictures and some peace and quiet in HK.
Noah Salvino | Jul 18, 2018
While not old historically, it was built using traditional fastenerless methods. Very beautiful and peaceful. One of my favorite places to visit in HK.
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