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Tsing Shan Monastery

Tsing Shan Monastery
Tsing Shan Monastery Front Gate
Traditional Chinese 青山禪院

The Tsing Shan Monastery (a.k.a. Castle Peak Monastery) is situated at the foot of Castle Peak, Hong Kong. The Monastery is graded as Grade I historic building.[1]


Inside there are the Pui To Pagoda, Tsing Wan Koon and the Tsing Shan Temple. These historical monuments have stood through the ages in the tranquil wooded area. The striking and picturesque surroundings create an enjoyable view as well as a solemn ambiance. Upon entering the Monastery, you will perceive the words "香海名山" (Fragrant Sea and Prestigious Mountain) engraved on the portico. It is a caption by the former Governor Sir Cecil Clementi. On the reverse side you will see the words "回頭是岸" (Repentance is Salvation), an inscription by Reverend Tit Xim. Both the surroundings and the inscriptions give you an astounding insight into the Monastery's inimitable past. Originating from Shiwan, the crest tile of the archway is a delicate art treasure.


According to legend, an Indian monk who liked travelling in a wooden cup was believed to have lodged where the Monastery now stands. Attracted by the natural wonders and the serene milieu, he built a chalet there for practicing meditation. Since then, the name of Reverend Pui To (杯渡禪師, lit. travelling in a cup) has become widespread. In memory of him, his followers built a pagoda at the place where he formerly resided. At the back of the pagoda was a statue of Reverend Pui To. The time of construction, however, cannot be ascertained. Some say the Pui To Pagoda was built in the Jin Dynasty and redeveloped in the Song Dynasty. Regular maintenance works has kept the historical relic's original appearance intact.

Adjoining to the Main Worship Hall is Ching Wan Koon, which is dedicated to Dou Lao, a goddess who is believed to be able to relieve people from their worries.

The Tsing Shan Temple is the top of the three oldest temples in Hong Kong. Inside the Temple, there is a main worship hall. Walking up the stairs leading to the hall, the writing "一切有情、同登覺地" (which means Everything on Earth Has Ties and Reaches Nirvana Together) could be seen. The peaceful environment of this Buddhist Temple offers an abiding sense of harmony.

See also


  1. ^ List of Graded Historic Buildings in Hong Kong (As at 6 Jan 2007)

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