Buddhism is the world’s fourth religion having 520 million followers. Buddhist temples and monasteries cater world’s most beautiful sculptures of Buddha. And here, we have listed 10 spectacular Buddha’s sculptures from around the world.
Avukana Buddha – Sri Lanka
Avukana Buddha statue of granite rock is 40 feet tall, situated in North Central Sri Lanka. Archaeologists and historians believe that it is built during the 5th century. This is one of the popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.
Wat Benchamabophit Temple Buddhas – Thailand
The Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram Buddhist temple is also known as the marble temple. The temple located in Bangkok, Thailand, offers visitors a variety of visual delights. King Chulalongkorn in 1899 began the construction of this impeccable natural stone Italian marble that wasn’t completed until 1911.
Spring Temple Buddha – China
The Buddha statue in the temple is currently the second tallest in the world. It is situated in Lushan County, Henan in China and stands 502 feet tall. It is estimated that the entire construction project has cost around $55 million.
Great Buddha of Thailand – Thailand
This sitting Buddha statue in Southeast Thailand currently holds ranking as the 7th tallest in the world at 302 feet. It is composed of concrete and painted gold, and its construction was completed in 2008 as a way to commemorate King Bhumibol of Thailand.
Nanzo-in Reclining Buddha – Japan
This reclining Buddha is the largest bronze statue in the world, completed in 1899. It weighs nearly 300 tons. This statue is meant to represent the Buddha at the moment of his death, as he prepares to enter nirvana.
Phuket Big Buddha – Thailand
This seated Buddha statue, located in Phuket, Thailand, was constructed between 2002-2014. It has been made up of concrete with a Burmese white marble covering. It’s 145 feet high, and was coined “The Buddhist Treasure of Phuket” in 2008. The official name of the statue is Phra Phutta Ming Monkgol Akenakakiri, which roughly translates to “the gloriously honorable Buddha on top of the hill of Naga”.
Ushiku Daibutsu – Japan
This standing Buddha statue is located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and is 390 feet high. The impressive bronze Buddha was constructed to commemorate the birth of the founder of Jodo Shinshu, Shinran, the True Pure Land School of Buddhism.
Tian Tian Buddha – Hong Kong
This large bronze Buddha statue is 112 feet tall and was completed in 1993. It is situated on top of hill, and visitors must climb 268 steps to visit at its base. Beneath the statue lies three floors of halls, one of which allegedly contains an ancient relic that consists of some of the cremated remains of the Guatama Buddha. Unlike many other Buddha statues, the Tian Tian Buddha faces to the north, while most other Buddhas are facing South.
Buddha Dordenma – Bhutan
Built of bronze and situated in the mountains of Bhutan, this looming Buddha statue was constructed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. It stands 177 feet high and was dedicated with the intention to bring peace and prosperity into the world.
Shwethalyaung Buddha – Myanmar
This reclining Buddha is the oldest on our list, and was believed to be constructed during the reign of Mon King Migadepa in 994 A.D. It is a reclining Buddha statue, and comes in at 180 feet long and 55 feet high. The statue was lost when the town of Pegu was pillaged during colonial British rule in 1757, but was restored in the 1800’s and again in the 1900’s.