Spring Temple Buddha
The Spring Temple Buddha (simplified Chinese: 鲁山大佛; traditional Chinese: 魯山大佛;pinyin: Lǔshān Dàfó) is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. It is placed within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311.The statue was completed in 2002.
At 128 m (420 ft), which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world. When the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon is taken into account, the monument has a total height of 153 m (502 ft). As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15 m tall. The total height of the monument is now said to be 208 m.
Plans for its construction were announced soon after construction had begun on theMaitreya Project by Indian and British planners in Bihar, Northern India, which set out to be the world’s largest statue itself.
The project as a whole was estimated to cost around $55m, $18m of which being spent on the statue. It was originally estimated to consist of 1,100 pieces of copper cast, with a total weight of 1,000 tonnes.Plans of the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan. China has condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan.
The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring, which spews water at 60 °C and is renowned in the area for its curative properties. The Foquan Temple, built during the Tang dynasty, houses the “Bell of Good Luck”, placed on top of Dragon Head peak. This bronze bell weighs 116 tons.
The Laykyun Setkyar is the second tallest statue in the world at 116 meters. It stands on a 13.5 meters throne located in the village of Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar. Construction began in 1996 and was completed on February 21, 2008
The Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏?), located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is one of the world’s tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddhaand is plated with bronze. It is also known as Ushiku Arcadia (Amida’s Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area). It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū 浄土真宗 or “True Pure Land School” of Buddhism.
- Weight: 4003 tons
- Length of Left Hand: 18.00 m
- Length of Face: 20.00 m
- Length of Eye: 2.55 m
- Length of Mouth: 4.50 m
- Length of Nose: 1.2 m
- Length of Ear: 10.0 m
- Length of the First Finger: 7.0 m
Inside the statue itself is a four story building, which serves as a kind of museum.
- Level 1, Infinite Light and Infinite Life
- The first floor lobby is dark, and as you enter new age music floats toward you from the darkness. In the center of the room a single shaft of light shines from above onto a cauldron of smoking incense. Beyond it is the elevator to the other floors.
- Level 2 (10.0 m), World of Gratitude and Thankfulness
- Mostly dedicated to scriptural studies
- Level 3 (20~30.0 m), World of the Lotus Sanctuary
- 3000 samples of gold Buddha statues
- Level 4 (80~85.0 m), Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta
- Also on the fourth floor are windows looking out from the buddha’s chest onto the adjacent flower garden and small animal park.
Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya
The Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya (simplified Chinese: 南山海上观音圣像) is a 108-metre (354 ft) statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, sited on the south coast of China’s island province Hainan in the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone near the Nanshan Temple west of Sanya. The statue has three aspects; one side faces inland and the other two face the South China Sea, to represent blessing and protection by Guan Yin of China and the whole world. One aspect depicts Guan Yin cradling a sutra in the left hand and gesturing the Vitarka Mudra with the right, the second with her palms crossed, holding a string of prayer beads, and the third holding a lotus. This is currently the fourth tallest statue in the world (many of which are Buddhist statues) and the tallest statue of Guan Yin in the world.
The statue took six years to build and was enshrined on April 24, 2005, with the participation of 108 eminent monks from various Buddhist groups in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China, and tens of thousands of pilgrims. The delegation also included monks from the Theravada and Vajrayana traditions.
Sendai Daikannon, located in Japan, is the sixth tallest statue in the world at 100 meters (328 feet). An elevator takes tourists to the top of the statue, which depicts the JapaneseBuddhist Bodhisattva Kannon.
Great Buddha of Thailand
The Great Buddha of Thailand, also known as The Big Buddha, The Big Buddha of Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn, is the tallest statue in Thailand, and the ninth tallest in the world.
Located in the Wat Muang Monestary in Ang Thong province,this statue stands 92 m (300 ft) high, and is 63 m (210 ft) wide. Construction commenced in 1990, and was completed in 2008. It is painted gold and made of cement.
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
Located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China, the Grand Buddha (simplified Chinese: 灵山大佛; traditional Chinese: 靈山大佛; pinyin: Língshān Dà Fó) is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world.
At more than 88 metres high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is a bronze Sakyamunistanding Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons. It was completed in the end of 1996.
In 2008, a “Five-signets” Palace and a Brahma Palace were built south-east of the grand buddha statue.
Lingshan Brahma Palace
Inside Ling Shan Brahma Palace
Ling Shan “Five-signets” Palace
Ling Shan the Buddha’s birth
Ling Shan the Grand Buddha
Hand of Buddha at Ling Shan (replica)
Dai Kannon at Kita no Miyako Park, Hokkaido, Japan – 88 m (289 ft) :
This particular Kannon is another depiction of Avalokitesvara, literally “the Lord who looks down”.
Like a Goddess of Mercy, the female form means to embody the compassion of all Buddhas.
This Kannon in Ashibetsu, located in the Kita no Miyako Park in Hokkaido, was completed in 1989. Visitors can climb up the statue to enjoy the panoramic views or use one of the eight places dedicated to prayers between the 6th and 20th floor.
Great Standing Maitreya Buddha, Taiwan – 72 m (236 ft) :
The Maitreya or Buddha of the Future is also called the Laughing Buddha because of the large smile that seems to shake even his protruding belly.
Maitreya worship is not particularly widespread in China or Taiwan and was even forbidden during the Qing period from 1644-1911.
Only four Maitreya Buddhas can be found in Taiwan of which the Great Standing Maitreya Buddha near Beipu at Emei Lake in Xinzhu County is the tallest at 72 m.
Awaji Kannon, Awaji Island, Hyago, Japan – 80 m (262 ft)
The Awaji statue might not win a prize for being the most beautiful one portrayed here but it is located on Awaji Island, one of Japan’s oldest settlements. The statue stands on a 20 m (66 ft) pedestal, bringing the total height up to 100 m (328 ft).
Great Reclining Buddha and Standing Buddha near Monywa, Myanmar – 90 m & 116 m
In Monywa, close to the Po Khaung Taung mountain range, visitors are in for a treat as not one but two gigantic Buddha statues wait to be explored.
The Monywa Buddha is the largest Reclining Buddha statue in the world. Don’t be fooled by the length – the statue is also 60 ft tall!
It was constructed in 1991 and is like a building inside that visitors enter through the Buddha’s, er, rear.
They can then walk from the Buddha’s head to his toes, guided by 9,000 metal images of the Buddha, events in his life and his disciples.
Maitreya Buddha, Uttar Pradesh, India – 152 m (500 ft) –
Finally, speaking of ambitious projects, the Maitreya Project is an international organisation that aims to build the world’s tallest Buddha statue in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Planned is a steel-truss construction covered by around 6,000 aluminium-bronze panels.
Part of the project will be education and healthcare facilities for the local population.
One aim is also to develop the area for tourism, which is why an accompanying park, cathedral, monastery, convent, guesthouse, library and food facilities are also planned.
If all those tall Buddha statues remind you of the Tower of Babel or you think that the astronomical building costs could better be used for housing for a nation’s poor, here what His Eminence Trizin Tsering Rinpoche, chairman of the Buddha Dordenma project, has to say:
“By building Buddha statues limitless people can pray and offer for thousands of years, thus by receiving blessings, clearing negativities and building virtues, this life will be happy, next life will be better at a higher level then finally everybody will be enlightened. The well being of future generations is dependent on the kindness and compassion of the present sponsors, Buddha makers and those who participate in this activity. This project brings benefit to self and all beings.”