Saturday, 9 February 2013

Which is the Largest Buddha?

I recently came across a piece on the "laser" Buddha image on Khao Chee Chan or Buddha Mountain in Thailand. Some sources claim the image was actually etched by laser but it seems it was projected by laser onto the mountain for the workers to carve.

The image is claimed to be the largest in the World but is variously quoted as being 130 or 109 metres high.

This got me thinking as to what is the largest Buddha image in the world, I know of the planned statue of Maitreya Buddha, to be constructed in Uttar Pradesh, India which on completion will be 152 metres high but what about those already built?

Well the honour goes to the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China at 128 metres. It is named after the nearby Tianrui hot spring and was built in response to the Taliban's destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas, an act the Chinese government condemned. Now you might think that still leaves it 2 metres shorter than the top height given for the Khao Chee Chan Buddha but part of the Chinese statue is a 20 m high lotus throne and it also stands on a 25 m high building, raising its height to 153 metres if taken into account. This means that the Chinese Buddha is one metre higher than the proposed Indian Buddha!

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