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Chi Lin Nunnery

Coordinates: 22°20′26.61″N 114°12′18.77″E / 22.3407250°N 114.2052139°E / 22.3407250; 114.2052139
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Chi Lin Nunnery
The Maitreya Hall at Chi Lin Nunnery
Location5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong
CountryHong Kong
Chi Lin Nunnery is located in Hong Kong
Chi Lin Nunnery
Shown within Hong Kong
Geographic coordinates22°20′26.61″N 114°12′18.77″E / 22.3407250°N 114.2052139°E / 22.3407250; 114.2052139
StyleTang dynasty
Date established1934; 90 years ago (1934)
Chi Lin Nunnery
Traditional Chinese志蓮淨苑
Simplified Chinese志莲净苑

Chi Lin Nunnery (Chinese: 志蓮淨苑; Jyutping: zi3 lin4 zing6 jyun2; Cantonese Yale: Jilìhn Jihng Yún) is a large Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was founded in 1934 as a retreat for Buddhist nuns and was rebuilt in the 1998 following the traditional Tang dynasty architecture. 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 temple halls and the Chinese garden in front of the nunnery are open to the public daily free of charge.

In 2018, a lighting design work has been done for giving the building a new aspect, as close as possible to the original design of the building.

Design details[edit]

The Chi Lin Nunnery uses the traditional Tang dynasty architecture with a design based on a Sukhavati drawing in the Mogao Caves.[1] It is constructed entirely with cypress wood, without the use of any nails, and is currently the world's largest hand-made wooden building. This construction is based on traditional Chinese architectural techniques that uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold them in place. The traditional Chinese architecture school adopt this kind of technique to demonstrate the harmony of mankind with nature. The complex with 16 halls, a library, a school, a pagoda, a bell tower and a drum tower, covers an area of more than 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft).[2] The Chi Lin Nunnery buildings are the only buildings to be built in this style in modern-day Hong Kong.

As a result of the new lighting design project, small spotlights have been installed on the ground floor and on the roof, while the lower entrance stairs have been illuminated by LEDs strips placed in the handrail.

Nan Lian Garden[edit]

The Nan Lian Garden, located in the opposite of the Chi Lin Nunnery, is a Chinese Classical Garden also built in the style of the Tang dynasty. The scenic garden covers an area of 35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft) is maintained by the Chi Lin Nunnery.[3]


  1. ^ 淨土經變圖 (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Chi Lin Nunnery". Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ "HK Tourism guide". Retrieved 7 April 2016.

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