The statues & sculptures have been made for several years by the man to venerate the most influential personalities in the histories or the holy deities in the religions. Some of the statues are so grandeur in appearance; they become the icons of the city or even the nation. Here we present the record of top 10 tallest statues in the world, most of which represent the Lord Buddha’s manifestation in various attires.
- Spring Temple Buddha, China:
Height:- 153 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1997-2008.
Location:- Loushan County, Henan, China.
The ‘Spring Temple Buddha’ is regarded as the tallest statue in the world. The total height of the entire monument is 153 meters, which comprises of a 25 meter (82 ft) building, 20 meter (66 ft) tall lotus throne & the Buddha statue. The entire project was estimated to cost $55 million, out of which $18 million was spent on the statue. Some 1100 pieces of copper casts are used in the construction of its lotus throne. A Buddhist monastery is situated beneath this statue & it is named after a nearby hot spring.
- Laykyun Setkyar, Myanmar:
Height:- 116 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1996-2008.
Location:- Monywa, Myanmar.
This is the second tallest statue in the world which manifests the Lord Buddha standing on a 13.5 meters (44 ft) tall throne. An elevator is provided inside the statue for reaching to the top to gain a brilliant panoramic view of the surroundings. Another statue of Lord Buddha in reclining posture is situated near the standing statue. The reclining statue holds the record of being the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world.
- Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan:
Height:- 110 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1993.
Location:- Ushiku, Japan.
The third tallest statue in the world also represents the Lord Buddha’s colossal appearance that stands atop a 10 meter podium. The statue depicts ‘Amitabh Buddha’ & is completely cast in bronze. The statue hosts a four story building inside it, which serves as a museum with its topmost floors dedicated to serve as an observation deck. An elevator is available inside the statue to take the visitors to the observation deck situated at 85 meters, right in the heart of Lord Buddha.
- Guan Yin of The South Sea of Sanya, China:
Height:- 108 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1999-2005.
Location:- Sanya, Hainan, China.
The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya statue represents the ‘Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara’. The statue features three facets; one looks over the inland while the other two fix their gaze upon the South China Sea. One facet of this giant monument represents Guanyin holding a string of prayer beads with the palms crossed; second manifestation carries a sutra in the left hand depicting the ‘Vitarka Mudra’ by the other had & the third representation holds a lotus.
- Emperors Yan & Huang, China:
Height:- 106 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1987-2007.
Location:- Zhengzhou, Henan, China.
Completely carved into a mountain over a period of 20 years, the World’s fifth tallest monument located near the Yellow River of Henan province represents two great ancient Emperors of China, namely, Yan Di & Huang Di! The government had reportedly spent $22.5 million for constructing these colossal sculptures, which honor the politics & economics of the Chinese land.
- Sendai Daikannon, Japan:
Height:- 100 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1991.
Location:- Sendai, Japan.
The magnificent white statue of Sendai Daikannon represents the Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva which is often venerated as the Chinese goddess of Compassion. A lift installed inside the statue takes the tourists to the top to get the breathtaking views of the lush green Sendai city. This beautiful statue of the goddess of compassion is located atop a hill & dominates the skyline of this adorable Japanese city.
- Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan, China:
Height:- 99 meters.
Construction Duration:- 2009.
Location:- Weishan, Changsha, Hunan, China.
This brilliant gilded bronze monument representing ‘Guanyin’ i.e. the Buddhist Avalokitesvara is the seventh tallest statue in the world. This splendid statue represents the Chinese goddess of compassion, having thousand hands.
- The Statue of Peter The Great, Russia:
Height:- 96 meters.
Construction Duration:- 1997.
Location:- Moscow, Russia.
This humongous statue was erected in the memories of Russian emperor Peter the Great who ruled the country & also to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy founded by Peter. The elegant statue is situated at the western confluence of the Vodootvodny Canal & the Moskva River in central Moscow. The statue weighs 1,000 tons & is consist of stainless steel, bronze & copper. The sculpture was designed by the Gregorian architect Zurab Tsereteli.
- The Great Buddha of Thailand, Thailand:
Height:- 92 meters.
Construction Duration: – 1990-2008.
Location: – Ang Thong, Thailand.
The ‘Great Buddha’ or the ‘Big Buddha’ of Thailand is the 9th tallest statue in the world. The Buddha in Thailand appears in sitting posture & is made up of cement. The statue is painted with a rich golden color & was constructed by the principles of Theravada Buddhism. The pleasant gilded Buddha sculpture surrounded by the opulent greenery pleases the eyesight.
- Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, China:
Height: – 88 meters.
Construction Duration: – 1996.
Location: – Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China.
This bronze-made colossal statue of standing Buddha is located near Longshan Mountain. The Grand Buddha weighs over 700 tons & its surrounding area is occupied by many Buddhist monuments covering an area of 74 acres. Standing at 88 meters, this monument attracts many tourists throughout the year.