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2020 Fo Guang Shan New Year Festival of Light and Peace

The “2020 Fo Guang Shan New Year Festival of Light and Peace” will be held from January 25th to February 22nd (from the 1st to the 29th of the first Lunar month). The month-long festival takes inspiration from Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s New Year Couplet, “Every Journey in This World is a Path to Happiness.” To herald the Chinese New Year, we cordially invite you and your family to visit Fo Guang Shan Monastery during the festive season, with the hopes that you may bring home with you peace and fulfillment!

This year, the Fo Guang Shan New Year Festival of Light and Peace features four main event themes:

  • 1 Every Journey in This World Brings Merits and Wisdom (Buddhist New Year Blessings)
  • 2 Spread Virtue and Beauty in a World of Happiness (Exhibitions and Performances)
  • 3 Enjoy Festive Hi-Tech New Year Lights (Incessant Festivities)
  • 4 Savor Delicious Vegetarian Cuisine (Vegetarian Cuisine)

The festival is a fusion of tradition and modernity; one may make a Light Offering, ring the Blessing Bell of Peace, marvel at the lantern displays, and sample delicious vegetarian cuisine, as well as experience the joy of New Year blessings and festivities at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Buddha Museum and Dharma Hall through AR and VR interactive technology.

The highlight of this year’s festival is the actualization of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s “Propagating Dharma through technology.” ideal. Using the latest technology to portray the truth, virtue, and beauty of the Pure Land, a new experience for visitors to explore Fo Guang Shan is created, guiding one to discover that “The Buddha is in my mind, and my heart encompasses the Dharma Realm.” In addition to the various colorful lantern displays and cutting-edge multimedia interactive experiences, there will also be a 15-minute “Auspicious Stars” Drone Light Show, featuring 400 drones!

Four Main Themes

During the month-long New Year Festival of Light and Peace, Fo Guang Shan offers a variety of activities for festival goers to experience and participate in, ranging from live interactive performances to tranquil artistic lantern displays, offering one a joyful and peaceful way to start the new year. The four event highlights are:

Events Schedule

Notes for Visitors

  • 1 Dangerous behavior that disturbs, violates or jeopardizes the safety of others, is strictly forbidden.
  • 2 Shuttles connecting Fo Guang Shan Monastery and Buddha Museum are available for both the handicapped and seniors over the age of 65.
  • 3 Free parking is available at the Information Tower Carpark, Incense Garden Carpark, and Tongling Community Carpark.
  • 4 Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Fo Guang Shan Monastery Reception Center, Pilgrim’s Path and Information Tower, as well as the Front and Main Halls of the Buddha Museum, where strollers are also available for loan.
  • 5 Smoking is prohibited. Alcohol, non-vegetarian foods, and betel nuts are not to enter the grounds. Pets (with the exception of guide dogs), bikes, dangerous objects, skateboards, roller skates, tricycles, and billboard leaflets are not allowed in the area. There are numerous recycling depots around the premises, please make use of them.
  • 6 Paragliders, radio-controlled airplanes, kites or other flying objects are NOT allowed.
  • 7 Unless with prior permission, photography and video recordings for commercial purposes are prohibited.
  • 8 Lost property can be reported/submitted to the various Reception Centers.
  • 9 Missing persons can be reported to Fo Guang Shan Monastery Reception Center, Buddha Museum Front Hall, and the various reception desks within the premises. Unfortunately, PA announcements are not available.
  • 10 In the event of injury or serious illness, please contact the nearest staff to call for medical assistance.
  • Buddha Museum Main Hall Terms of Entry

  • 1 For safety reasons please refrain from touching the glass, climbing the railings, and mounting the exhibits.
  • 2 Please do not damage or take away any exhibits.
  • 3 Please turn off the camera flash lights when taking pictures. Video recording is strictly prohibited.

Fo Guang Shan’s New Years Opening Times

Fo Guang Shan Monastery
1/25~2/22 Everyday 08:00~22:00
Fo Guang Shan Sutra Repository
1/25 ─ 1/29 Everyday 08:00 ─ 22:00
1/30 ─ 2/22 Everyday 08:30 ─ 20:00(SR One-Stroke Calligraphy Classroom :1/30 ─ 2/9 Weekends 08:30 ─ 20:00)
Fo Guang Shan Dharma Gem Square
1/25 ─ 2/9 Everyday 08:00 ─ 22:00
2/10 ─ 2/22 Everyday 08:30 ─ 20:00
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
1/24(Fri) 09:00 ─ 13:00
1/25 ─ 1/29 Everyday 08:00 ─ 22:00
1/30 ─ 2/9 Everyday 09:00 ─ 21:00
2/10 ─ 2/22 Everyday 09:00 ─ 20:00(Main Hall closes one hour earlier than stated times)
By Public Transport

Public Transport

  • 1 PFrom Kaohsiung International Airport, take the Red Line of the Kaohsiung MRT to Zuoying High Speed Railway Station.
  • 2 From Zuoying High Speed Railway Station, take either the Eda Bus 8501 (義大客運8501)or the HaFo Express (哈佛快線)
  • 3 From the bus station in front of Kaohsiung Railway Station, take the direct Kaohsiung Bus 8010 (8010高雄客運)
  • 4 From Fengshan Train Station, take the Dashu Bus (大樹祈福線)
  • 5 From the Jiuqutang Railway Station, take a Kaohsiung Bus or taxi.
  • 6 Summary of non-shuttle bus routes: Kaohsiung Bus routes 8009, 8010 and 8050/ Pingtung Bus 8260/ Dashu Bus (大樹祈福線)
By Car

Driving Directions

  • 1 Southbound: National Hwy1 → National Hwy 8 (East bound) → National Hwy 3 (North bound) →National Hwy 10 (East bound) → Qishan/Dashu Interchange (turn right) → Provincial Hwy 21 → Fo Guang Shan Monastery.
  • 2 Northbound: National → National Hwy 10 (East bound) → Qishan/Dashu Interchange (turn right) → Provincial Hwy 21 → Fo Guang Shan Monastery.