Exterior view of the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung.

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Kaohsiung | Taiwan

About the Museum

Interior view of the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung.

The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (formerly the Buddha Memorial Center), located behind the Fo Guang Shan Monastery, is a Mahayana Buddhist cultural, religious, and educational museum that is one of the largest repositories of Buddhist art in the world. The Museum, which was completed in 2011, was constructed to enshrine one of three known tooth relics of Buddha and serves to venerate the Buddha and inspire Buddhist practice. The Museum occupies an area of more than 100 hectares and features eight pagodas, various exhibition halls, and a jade shrine, as well as the world’s tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue. Fo Guang Shan’s galleries display a variety of Buddhist historical and cultural objects from around the world, including poetry, calligraphy, religious instruments, and antiques. The Museum offers free 50-minute guided tours are provided for groups of 7 or more.

(Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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