Chuk Lam Sim Yuen, which literally means "Bamboo Forest Monastery," is one of the most impressive Buddhist temple complexes in Hong Kong. It is located on the lower slopes of a woody hill in Tsuen Wan surrounded by bamboo groves, hence its name.
The temple was built in 1927 and is comprised by three temples. According to legend, Tou Tei, the earth god, told an elderly monk to build the place of worship in that area. Off the beaten tourist path, Chuk Lam Sim Yuen is not as crowded as other temples in the city. The area's lush environment adds to the tranquil ambiance of the complex, making it a perfect venue for meditation.
The monastery's most popular attraction are the three golden "Precious Buddha" statues, housed within the second temple. The statues are believed to be the largest of their kind in Hong Kong. On either side of the three Buddha statues is an equally impressive collection of 12 Bodhisattvas. The third temple contains another large image of Lord Gautama.
The monastery is northeast of Tsuen Wan MTR station. It is open daily, from 9am to 5pm. To reach it, take green minibus 85 from Shiu Wo St, which is two blocks due south of the MTR station (exit B1). Alternatively, just take a taxi.