Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
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Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge

No.153 Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049 Taiwan
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The Pilgrims Lodge offers accommodation for guests wishing to stay within the monastery complex. Guests are offered unique opportunities to experience life in a fully functioning monastery. Wake up to the sounds of the bell and drum ritual, and if you don't mind an early start to the day, you may make your way to the Main Shrine to participate in morning chanting at 05:40am. For those who have a taste for festivities, one may consider staying during the Chinese New Years celebrations, otherwise the quietest times to visit are from March to May, and early September to early December.
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No.153 Xingtian Road, Dashu District, Dashu District, Kaohsiung 84049 Taiwan
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Paul S wrote a review Oct 2011
Wilmington, Delaware
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Fo Guang Shan Monastery as part of a Taiwan tour operated by Golden Foundation Tours and arranged through Pacific Holidays in NYC. I'm not sure how someone would otherwise end up staying here outside of a religious-type retreat. The monastery is the largest in Taiwan and the base of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist monastic order.

The guest house, although itself only a small part of the monastery, is fairly large, with more rooms than a number of hotels we stayed at. There were no events going on at the monastery at the time of our stay, however, so it was basically empty other than another couple on a tour with the same company and ourselves. We had a monk from the order as a host, and he guided us for the duration. This included taking us to dinner and breakfast with other members of the monastery (primarily you eat what they eat, but they do have a few things just for the guests), a several hour tour of the monastery (including a practice calligraphy session), and a visit to a morning devotional session (optional as it is at dawn). Our guiding monk came originally from Austria, so his English was very good (as well as his German).

The rooms themselves are not luxurious, being what one would expect roughly from a college dormitory in a western country. They are clean however, and more elaborate than what the occupants of the monastery have themselves. They come with many things you'd expect from a hotel, such as bottled water, extra toothbrushes, towels (although only two thin ones), and cable television (which does have some western channels). They do not come with shampoo or soap (other than a hand soap dispenser), however, so it is advisable to bring your own. The toilets are western. The AC does work well (you are in the tropics), and everyone there is very friendly and helpful (even if they're not staff). The two twin beds are short if you're over 6 feet, and are also very hard.

Unlike a traditional hotel, the front desk is only staffed for check-in and check out (which consists of being given a key and dropping it off--no paperwork or deposits), and the building is locked at night. This is not really a problem as there is nothing around the monastery that is open late at night, and you are with the host monk until fairly late anyway. There are convenience stores right outside the monastery's gate.

For exercise you are basically limited to running outside. There is a track as part of the school area, or the roads are available. It can be very hilly running, however. Mosquitoes can also be a problem, although we escaped without too many encounters.

The grounds are very picturesque, and the monastery has a number of museums, shrines, and monuments to see while you are there (including some very large Buddha statutes). Although everyone there is religious and happy to answer questions, they do not attempt to push it upon guests.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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francois d wrote a review May 2012
antwerp
4.0 of 5 bubbles
- Stayed 1 night as part of a tour in Taiwan. Rooms are basic but comfortalble. Bathroom and TV.
Meals were vegetarian but with ample choice and tasty. Breakfast could have been better was very simple indeed. Still overall it was a nice experience to spend the night there and experience the place. Joined for the (very) early praying session if you don't mind waking up early (around 04:30) certainly worth it.
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Date of stay: April 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rik D wrote a review Feb 2015
Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not a classical hotel, but rather a guesthouse for pilgrims. But also if you are not a buddhist you are very welcome here. Rooms are clean (in fact the complete grounds of the monastery are spotlessly clean). Expect no luxury, but what you get is OK. After all, this is intended as a place for meditation, not for fancy holidays.
We were guided by a monk of Austrian origin, who gave us a very interesting introduction to buddhism and the history of this monastery, which is one of the most important buddhist complexes worldwide. The abundant buddhist tempels, shrines, statues etc. on this domain are really impressive. The only disappointment was a kind of buddhist museum, that looked more like a Disneyland shoddy museum than a part of a buddhist monastery.
Remember: the food is completely vegetarian, and you will not find a drop of alcoholic beverages here. Breakfast was very basic.
Conclusion: if you want a genuine buddhist experience you will like this place. If you want a luxurious and fancy stay: go somewhere else.
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Date of stay: October 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ineika wrote a review Oct 2023
Frankfurt, Germany
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We knew beforehand that the accommodation was simple. But there is a difference between simple and bad. The rooms are really old, the beds are very hard and at night there is a very loud ventilation system outside. Sleep was out of the question. What is annoying is that there are no towels. You only get a non-absorbent cloth made of fleece, with which you rub the water on your skin. These are one-way towels. What is very good at the hostel, though, is the vegetarian dinner.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LoveTravelling1116 wrote a review Oct 2014
Singapore, Singapore
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is my second visit to FGS and the first time I have ever stayed here overnight. It was a peaceful and tranquil stay, an ideal heaven to cultivate spiritually, and one of the best getaway retreats from the hustle and bustle of a stressful city life.

There are two visitor lodgings in the monastery. One is Ma Zhu Yuan (麻竹園) and the other is Chao Shan Hui Guan (朝山會館) which means Pilgrimage Centre. These two lodgings are largely similar in terms of the facilities provided, but are located at a short distance away from each other. We were given the room at Chao Shan Hui Guan which is slightly more accessible and nearer to the dining hall.

The facilities provided in the Guestroom were more than adequate. They actually supplied many free water bottles, which save your expenditures by a bit. There is a small kettle for you to boil water, though it was not necessary. Their bathroom is equipped with 24/7 hot water, and clean towels. There is a working TV in our twin bedroom. But due to our hectic schedule for the short three days, we did not have time to watch any program. They provided in-room slippers as well. However, there is no WIFI throughout the entire monastery including their Guest Rooms. It is advised to get 3G/4G prior to coming to this monastery. The room though not grand nor luxurious, was rather decently clean and tidy, and provided an extremely comfortable and safe accommodation.

You can place a “Do Not Disturb” sign outside the room and they will not clean your room. I have heard that those cleaners are actually volunteers of the monastery.

We paid a total of NT4000 for two nights for two persons. We actually booked our room via emailing to the monastery about three months prior to the actual visit. Their email address was not found in their website, and I had to email to the one found in their website in order to ask for the correct email address. They tend to reply your email faster if you write in Chinese.

Their check-in time is at 3PM and check-out time is at 10AM. You can choose to put your luggage at the reception area at level 1, though it is not highly advised since they do not really supervise your belongings all the time and there is no CCTV. The reception is at the dining hall, which is next to the lodgings. The Guest Rooms are all located at level 2, and there is a lift. The receptionist was not friendly when I approached her for checking in. The first question she asked was which monastery I came from. I told her I booked this via email. Then she snapped at me and said this hostel service provided is NOT FREE. It was rather rude of her, as I am fully aware of that, and was not looking forward to free usage of monastery lodgings. After which I kindly requested for a receipt despite several refusals from her, on the basis of keeping it for souvenir purpose.

In spite of this a-little-more-than-disappointment service, the people who work, travel and reside in this place are mostly very nice and friendly. One can easily obtain advice on what to do and where to go and how to go by approaching any one of the working nuns/monks or staff, and they will be glad to make your trip here a pleasant one.

We ran into some of the other occupants who came from various countries like Canada and Hong Kong. Some were here primarily for a short retreat or a 5-day fully paid class (learning on Buddhism in the modern context). Others stayed here to attend the upcoming FGS Vesak Day celebration.

Our day was spent visiting different parts of the monastery including the newly constructed Memorial Hall located at the new site. As our schedule was planned such that it coincided with the 7-day monthly Amitabha chanting, we joined the chanting at night after our day tour. It was a very meaningful and fulfilling stay indeed.

We attended the morning chanting at 5:30AM each morning, followed by free breakfast at their dining hall at around 7AM. The Chinese buffet breakfast, with limited variety (simple porridge and plain vegetables), was light and refreshing, simply delicious and filling. After all, one should not expect a lot from a monastery.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Responded 22 Jun 2017
Thank you for your comprehensive review. As a monastery, we are constantly striving to offer the most serene and peaceful environment or guests and visitors. We very much appreciate all the feedback and suggestions provided. Thank you.
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imbidders wrote a review Mar 2018
jakarta
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have difficulty in the beginning to book the place. Being a seasoned traveller, this is my first time staying in a temple and found it rather weird not being able to book my lodging ahead.
After many tries to reach the lodge (number provided by some of the reviewers here), i managed to contact Hue Shou, a monk who is my contact person and “guide”.
He helped me to book the room as I dont speak chinese and later on taught me a few things on the temple stay do and dont.

We took the EDA bus 8501 and stop at the FGS. There is a “free” shuttle car to bring us to the main gate and from there, you can wait for a buggy to bring you up to the lodge. Buggy is prioritised for the elderly.

We were given a quadruple room, twd2k a night, free vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner at the dining hall next door.
The toom is basic, they give a small towel (can ask for more if not enough to dry yourself), water and hairdryer are outside for common use.

The stay itself is an amazing experience.
I had the chance to attend the morning and evening chanting (6am and 7.30pm at the main shrine) and eating with the monks.
No prior arrangement is needed but do make sure you talk to somebody before you eat with the monks as you need to follow certain rules, no talking, no wasting food and their table manners are very much different.

I recommended to stay at least 3 nights to be able to fully explore the FGS and the Buddha Museum.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Responded 1 Jun 2018
Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, there is so much to see and experience at Fo Guang Shan, that one day is bare minimum to see it all.
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oddwomanout wrote a review Nov 2016
Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were greeted by the Master, an interesting man with a great view of recent events in the world. The next morning he showed us round the monastery and the 36 metre golden Buddha. Later we saw the museum where there were some extraordinary objects including a tall statue in white jade.
The rooms are quite large and sparsely furnished, the beds are hard, but it is a monastery, and simplicity can be expected. We had a vegetarian dinner with many different dishes which tasted fine. in a separate room. We had to guess what some of the ingredients were. it was an experience to remember. There is free Wi-Fi at reception and this was an added bonus but it closes down at 10 pm.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Response from Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Responded 2 Jun 2018
Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, there are many things to see and do here at the monastery. Living in relatively basic accommodation within the monastery grounds is a good compromise for all the experiences that day visitors are not afforded, such as the relaxing strolls in the evening and listening to the drum and bell ceremony later in the evening.
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happygolucky813 wrote a review Dec 2013
Berlin, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The trip is definitely worth the walk up the hill. My fiancé and I took the shuttle ( more like a golf cart) from the memorial. It comes regularly and drops or picks you up at several spots between the memorial and the monastery. The monastery is huge and has a hotel, museums and many more. My favorite part is the golden Buddha and the view you get from that general area. There is also a beautiful grand master hall of three giant Buddhas. Below that hall, or I should say the hill. Is an underground almost Disney looking "hall" that has a huge display of religious scenes and characters. Kind of creepy and tacky but amusing nevertheless. I had a lot of fun here and would go back again when I return to Kaohsiung.
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Date of stay: July 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Responded 2 Jun 2018
Thank you for your feedback. Indeed, the Great Buddha Land with the golden Buddha is a favorite for many visitors. The Pureland Cave is now under major renovation, and will be something to look forward to during your next visit.
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Susi0923 wrote a review Apr 2019
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very disappointed witwith my stay at the Pilgrims Lodge - I haven't seen such a terrible place to stay in at least a decade and I'm a seasoned traveller with having visited over 60 countries and having stayed at temples of different nominations before, including a Buddhist temple in Korea.

I originally booked for two nights (writing numerous emails to get it finally confirmed for TN$1000/night, but was forced to pay TN$1200 for no reason other than 'it went up' at arrival). I would have left straight at my arrival day but unfortunately I had taken the last bus and was stranded. I insisted on a different room, but they were all equally bad (note at the nearby other lodge rooms a slightly better, but still bad).

While the room was cleaned ok, it was dated beyond believe (and I have no problem, staying in basic places, I actually enjoy camping for example):
Not only were all metal frames extremely rusty and the carpet full with old stains, the wall paper peeling in lots of places and every wall super mouldy, the aircon from (generous guess!) the 70s was blowing stenchimg cold air that made me cough and despite turning it off there was still air coming out of the ancient air slots from the ceiling. I didn't sleep at all as I was worried about the mould, possibly asbestos and it was super loud because of a nearby generator. I wore a protective mask and I still caught a cold.

To put this in context, the whole complex is hypermodern, the museum, shrine etc that are shown to visitors, including the Buddhist mall resemble a modern Buddhist 'Disneyland'. Some locals I told about my horrible experience said that place is not about Buddhism it's a money making machine and I couldn't agree more.
I don't write many TripAdvisor reviews but the rating I saw here was so wrong I felt compelled to warn others as the resulting cold I had from staying at this place and the overall experience were so bad. Even the morning ceremony wasn't really heartfelt for me - it was difficult to understand the schedule and get there. Just due to following an American couple did I get some info as the lodge did not care about my understanding or experience. My advice is to avoid staying there at night at all costs. The complex looks good on pictures if you need that, but you can easily do that on a day trip from other places, there is no need to stay!!!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sabine R wrote a review Jan 2018
The Hague, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I could not recommend this place highly enough. We stayed here for one night and got to walk around the monastery after closing hours which means we were almost alone at night while exploring. We also got to join the service in the early morning which was super special for non budhists like us. Dinner and breakfast was included in the price which was a happy surprise. I could not recommend this place highly enough for anyone interested in Budhism.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Huicheng S, Guest Relations Manager at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Responded 28 Feb 2018
Thank you for your feedback! Indeed, staying the night at the monastery allows one the unique opportunity to experience the peaceful lifestyle of the community firsthand. We look forward to your next visit!
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LoveTravelling1116 wrote a tip Oct 2014
Singapore, Singapore774 contributions145 helpful votes
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"The rooms were given to you in accordance to how many beds you need. All the rooms have similar facilities, and vary slightly in size. The design is modern but the rooms are all clean and very tidy."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Fo Guang Shan (0.2 km), Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (0.6 km), and E-DA Outlet Mall (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hi-Lai Vegetarian Restaurant - Buddha Hall Store, Heat 'N Chill, and Thai Town Cuisine - Kaohsiung E-DA Store.
Does Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Fo Guang Shan Monastery Pilgrims Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone (9.5 km), Cishan Station (15.4 km), and Guandimiao (8.8 km).
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Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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