Chi Lin Nunnery

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Coordinates: 22°20′26.61″N 114°12′18.77″E / 22.3407250°N 114.2052139°E / 22.3407250; 114.2052139

Chi Lin Nunnery
Hong Kong - Chi Lin Nunnery main building.jpg
Basic information
Location Diamond Hill, Wong Tai Sin District, Hong Kong
Affiliation Buddhist
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Monastery
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural style Tang Dynasty
Completed 1990

Chi Lin Nunnery (Chinese: 志蓮淨苑; pinyin: Zhìlián Jìng Yuàn) is a large Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Covering a space of more than 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft), the temple complex includes a nunnery, temple halls, Chinese gardens, visitor's hostels and a vegetarian restaurant. 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 Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in 1934 but was rebuilt in the 1990s following the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture. The present-day buildings are wood frame buildings built without the use of any iron nails. This construction is based on traditional Chinese architectural techniques dating from the Tang Dynasty that uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place. The Chi Lin Nunnery buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern-day Hong Kong.

The temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery are open to the public daily free of charge.

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