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Po Lin Monastery(寶蓮禪寺2), Lantau Island
Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu and was initially known simply as "The Big Hut" (大茅蓬 Tai Mao Pung). It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

寶蓮禪寺位於大嶼山昂坪,1906年由3名來自江蘇的和尚籌建,初名大茅蓬,1926年改名寶蓮禪寺。

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