The Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center is situated on 100 hectares of land in the Da Shu District of Kaohsiung. The center is home to the Buddha's tooth relic which was presented by a Tibetan Lama who had kept it for over 30 years.
Fo Guang Shan is a monastery and temple ground situated on a hilltop that overlooked the Gaoping River Basin. Visitors are always welcome to visit, say a prayer, talk to monks, take classes, and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Starting in 2003, construction on a new center at the base of the hill of the old center began. The new center opened in 2012.
The new center is quite a magnificent site. Upon walking through the main gate, once enters a nice garden area. The visitor welcome center has become a bit mall-like housing shops, vegetarian restaurants, a 7-11, and even a Starbucks.
However, after walking through the visitor center, one is overwhelmed by 8 pagodas facing a large grassy mall that leads to a big Buddha statue on Vulture Peak. The grounds are beautiful and majestic with plenty of photograph opportunities.
Admission is of course, free, and well worth a visit.
The best way to get to Foguang Shan is by car via Highway 10. Head east from Kaohsiung on Highway 10 and exit at the Yan Cao Exit. There are signs. After getting off the exit, take a right on route 22. The center is near the Highway 3 bridge which crosses the Gaoping River. You should drive under it.
If you are heading to or coming from EDA World, there is a shuttle bus that connects FoGuangShan and EDA World to the Zuoying High Speed Rail Station. It’s about a 30 minute drive. Look for the purple bus stop. See the photo below.