Professor Puay-peng Ho will guide us on a tour of the newly opened Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum. More details on date, cost and transportation will be forthcoming.
Nestled in the hills of Pat Sin Leng in Hong Kong’s New Territories, Tsz Shan Monastery covers half a million square feet (4.7 hectares). Built by a foundation set up by Hong Kong entrepreneur Li Ka-shing, the monastery opened its gates to the public in 2015. Beneath its signature 76-metre (249 ft) tall Guan Yin statue, sits a Buddhist Art Museum, which houses a collection of 100 Buddha statues, along with 43 hand-copied Dunhuang sutras exhibited.
Professor Puay-peng Ho is currently the Head of the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his First Class Honours degree in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D in Art History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His thesis was focused on Buddhist art and architecture of the Tang dynasty. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Society of Architectural Historians. Currently, Professor Ho is Chairman of the Council of Lord Wilson Heritage Trust and serves on the Town Planning Board, the Antiquities Advisory Board and the History Museum Advisory Panel. He is also involved in many architecture conservation projects in Hong Kong.