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Sky Scraping Buddhist Statues of the World

China - Spring Temple Buddha

The spring temple Buddha is the tallest statue in the world, at 502 feet ( when considering the building upon which it sites)and it was completed in 2002, at a cost of $ 55 million. It depicts vairocan, Buddha seen as the embodiment of emptioness ( Shunyata). It is located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan county, Henan,China. It is placed within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway No 311.

At 128m (420ft), which includes a 20m (66ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world. When the 25m(82ft) height of 153m (502 ft0. As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15m tall, The total height of the monument is now said to be 208m.

The project as as 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 1,00 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.

Myanmar - Laykyun Setkyar

Laykyun setkyar - the second tallest standing statue in the world is located in the village of Khatakan Taung, in Myanmar. Considered as the biggest standing Buddha image it is said to enclose 7350 relics and other holy materials. 

Standing tall at 116 m (380ft) on a 13.5 m throne and painted bright yellow, it is not exactly a subtle present. This colossus was completed on February 21, 2008. There are 32 storeys whin, twelve or more of them dedicated to detailed displays of hell.

The ipening ceremony took place in February 2008. Since then the statue has become one of the main tourist attraction in Myanmar.

Japan - Ushiku Daibutsu

Ushiku Daibutsu located in Ushiku, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan depicts Amitabha Buddha or "Buddha of Infinite Light" and is considered as a Celestial Buddha, as described in the Mahayana scriptures, This statue is authorized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest standing Buddha figure in the world and you can enter the inner chambers of the giant statue by elevator.

There is a flower garden on the site and beautiful flowers can be seen with the change of seasons. Comleted in 19993 it stands a total of 110m (361ft) high base and 10m high lotus platform. It is also known as Ushiku Arcadia (Amidae' Radiance and compassion actually developing and illuminating area). It was built to mark the birth of Shinran, founder of theJodo Shinshu or "True Pure Land school" of Buddhim. Inside the statue itself is a four storey building, which serves as a museum.

Chaina - Guan Yin of the Sea of Sanya

The Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya is a 108-metre (354 ft) statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, sited on the south coast of China's island province Hainan near the Nanshan Temple 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.

Japan - Sendai Daikannon

Sendai Dikannon, a large statue depicting "Avalokiesvara" or buddha or fompassion.

Located in japan, is the sixth tallest statue in the world at 100m (328ft). An elevator takes tourists to the top of the statue, which depicts the Japanse Buddhist.Bodhisattva Kannon. There are 12 floors inside and visitors can take and elevator to go the upper floors where they can see the great view of the city and the Pacific Ocean through observation windows.

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