$193M Buddhist Monastery with Bulletproof VIP Rooms

Nestled in a tranquil hillside, Hong Kong's newest Buddhist monastery features bulletproof VIP rooms and the world's second tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy -- a Buddhist deity.

The monastery is funded very by Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, who contributed $193 million from his personal foundation to the building project.

The premises, styled approaching speaking Tang dynasty buildings, sprawl across a lush, green place of 500,000 square feet - re nine football fields.

It can accommodate going on to 400 to 500 visitors daily, but will not be admittance to tour groups in order to sit on the fence the sacred appearance.

Li initiated the project in 2003 to push Buddhism in the city and construction took five years to final.

Stunning sights, statues and bulletproof windows

At a pinnacle of 76 meters (250 feet), the Goddess of Mercy statue overlooks the site and a breathtaking view of Hong Kong's harbor and several islands.

The monastery furthermore features several grand halls, including one which houses three ornate 24-karat gold plated Buddhist statues, where people can meditate, and learn roughly Buddhism.

But perhaps the most intriguing feature is the bulletproof dormitory rooms.

One of the three dormitories that pay for housing for visiting monks from all on zenith of world has built-in bulletproof windows to guard "important guests."

"We installed the bulletproof glass windows because we hoped there could be a place to guard our important guests such as the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand and new depth monks," Walter Ngai Kai-shu, secretary general of the monastery told local media.

The rooms are still blank, and Ngai optional late accretion that they were not meant for Li or any specific individual, reported the South China Morning Post.

Visitors are not allowed to bring joss sticks, meat, alcohol, or new food offerings in order to be environmentally to hand --- on the other hand the monastery will find the maintenance for water.

"There are many extra ways to meet the expense of the Buddha apart from joss sticks," Ngai told local media.

Currently, a dozen monks, mainly from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia reside inside the monastery.

It will be do into to the public going on for April 15, but registration and booking is now fresh online.

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