Sunday Snapshot | Happy Birthday Buddha | Lantau Island, Hong Kong

This post was last updated on May 18th, 2014

Happy Birthday Buddha

Happy Birthday Buddha!

After a harrowing bus ride, we finally arrived at Tian Tan Buddha–the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha (with quite possibly the longest name).  We alighted from the bus only to find ourselves immersed in a cloud. Despite being one of the largest Buddhas in the world, we could barely make out its silhouette from the base of the stairs. Finally the clouds drifted away and the buddha became visible, but only to coincide with a million people joining us around the statue. I love the ‘human element’ in photos, but it was getting a bit ridiculous. Until this happened. As I was about to finally capture a photograph without a single sweaty tourist, this monk centered himself in front of me. After chasing after the perfect shot all morning all I had to do was hit the shutter once.

Today also happens to be Buddha’s birthday, making this the absolute perfect shot for Photo Friday.  Hope you enjoy!


  1. We were there last year, great Buddha statue we must admit. We didn’t make it to the top because we forgot our wallet and couldn’t pay the entrance fee. Say hello to him from us :).
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    • It is a pretty awesome structure. Sorry you couldn’t make it to the top. We got lucky. It’s free on Buddha’s birthday :-)

  2. Hey, are you still in Hong Kong? Wanna meet up with you. Would love to hear your stories about indefinite backpacking cos that’s what I want to do too. Please send me an email. :-)

    • We actually just left for Macau and won’t be returning to Hong Kong (not on this trip anyway). Feel free to use our ‘contact us’ page to ask us any questions you might have. We would love to help!


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