Largest Buddha in the World


Largest Buddha in the World

This Buddha statute is 71 meter (233 ft) high and was built in AD 713 by a Buddhist monk Hai Tong to calm the violent currents and floods at the confluence of the Minjiang, Qingyi and Dadu rivers. It took 90 years to constructed.  Located in Leshan by the bank of Minjiang 154 km (96 miles) SW of Chengdu or 36 km (22 miles) from Emei Shan.

On completion it did solved the flooding and slowed the currents resulting from stones and soil raising the river bed.

This Buddha is similar to those at Bamiyan in Afganistan where they demolished by the Talibans. Each eye is 3 m (11 ft) long. Each ear is 7 m (23 ft). Shoulder is 28 m across. His head is covered with 1,021 buns of coiled hair carved out of tapered stone blocks.

Stairs to ascend cliff to the peak

 

In 1996 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and in 2001 major repairs were carried out. It took 10 months as they discovered the ancient builders had created an ingenious drainage system hidden within the statute to prevent erosion.

 

 

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