Sky Scraping Buddhist Statues : Spring Temple Buddha - China

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.