The Ngong Ping Village was created to organize the influx of tourists who visited the Giant Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. Although it’s built in the old traditional style, it is quite recent.
The statue’s base is a model of Temple of Heaven in Beijing or Earthly Mount TianTan in China. That’s why the statue is called Tian Tan Buddha.
The construction of Tian Tan Buddha cost around 60 million Hong Kong dollars (HKD), approximately 7 and a half million USD.
The Po Lin Monastery was founded in 1906 and was known as Tai Mao Pung. Then it was renamed in 1924 as Po Lin, which means Precious Lotus.
Tian Tan Buddha is the tallest bronze Buddha figure in the world placed before 2007. And it is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, both for Buddhists and tourists.
Visiting GUM shopping center is a must, due to its imposing 242 meters long facade that you'll love. It was built between 1890 and 1893, and the accronym GUM means “Main Universal Store”.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is a Russian orthodox Church located north of the Red Square. However, the current cathedral is a reconstruction of the original Church that was destroyed in 1936.
Kremlin means “fortress” or fortified city. There are about 20 kremlins in Russia and the most famous is Moscow’s Kremlin.
The Red Square of Moscow is located in the city center. It covers 330 meters long and 70 meters wide.