Since its opening in 2011, Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum has received several accolades including recognition by International Council of Museums (ICOM), ISO 50001 certification, and the 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor as the top ranking attraction in Kaohsiung.
It is a 100-ha complex built to enshrine the Buddha’s tooth relic, now housed in the Main Hall. The Fo Guang Big Buddha, which sits atop the Fo Guang Building behind the Main Hall, is the landmark of the museum. Within the compound, there are art galleries, a theatrical auditorium, a children gallery, and souvenir stores. In addition, visitors can get to experience sutra transcription, or join in festive celebrations at the Five Harmonies Pagoda.
Address: No.1, Tongling Rd., Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Distance from the KEC: 45-min by car
Kaohsiung is a southern harbor city and the biggest center of industry in Taiwan. It also encompasses a number of historic sites which, whether you are interested in traditional native structures or Western buildings from the colonial era.
City walls from the Qing dynastic period, the old British Consulate, the Qihou Fortress and Lighthouse, and other relics rich in historical significance. Besides, you can take a tourist boat around the inside of Kaohsiung Harbor, sailing to the Chichin Island, enjoying sights of the impressive Kaohsiung skyline.
The city is rapidly transforming into a vital city destination in a delightful subtropical setting, making it a fantastic choice for combining business and leisure in Asia. It is easily reachable with direct flights from over 40 Asian cities and high speed rail from North Taiwan (less than 1 hour and 30 minutes from Taipei).