Hong Kong - 10,000 Buddhas Monastery

This is my eighth consecutive year visiting Hong Kong and I have to say that each time I am here I feel as though it is a completely new experience.  (Just when I think that we have been to every "tourist" spot in the area, someone suggests a new place to visit that we have never heard of.) 
Today was one of those days where we visited someplace new - it is the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery which is located in an area just outside of Kowloon called Sha Tin.  While the name of the Monastery suggests 10,000 Buddhas, there are actually 12,800 Buddhas to be exact, and most of them are situated along a 431 step (and steep) path that leads up to the Monastery.
It is a spectacular site to see and the story behind the Buddah statues is nothing short of amazing.  In 1949 a devout Buddhist layman named Yuet Kai dedicated the last years of his life to constructing an elaborate temple containing the 12,800 statues of Buddha.
Despite his old age, Yuet Kai carried the buildings materials personally from the foot of the mountain together with his disciples to build the monastery. It took eight years to complete all the buildings and another ten years to finish the 12,800 Buddha statues. Construction was finished in 1957. Today, his preserved body is presented in the main hall of the monastery in a glass case, often the main attraction of the temple.