The Tallest Statues in the World
Height: 110 m
The Ushiku Daibutsu roughly translates to English as “Great Buddha in Ushiku”, it is a 110 m bronze statue of Buddha found in Ushiku city in Japan. The statue itself also stands on a 10 m high base which means the top actually sits 120 m above the ground. The Ushiku Daibutsu is a treat for anyone who chooses to go visit this wonderful sight. Inside there is an elevator that will take you to a total of four floors each housing different attractions. On the first floor you will be greeted by stunning music, the second floor is dedicated to the scriptural studies of Buddhism, on the third you will find a fascinating collection of an astonishing 3000 other Buddha statues and finally at the top visitors can enjoy the beautiful and peaceful gardens housed in there that have become synonymous with the faith itself. This may not be the worlds tallest (the its far from the worlds smallest) however it is a true testament to Buddhism faith with plenty here for both followers and those that are interested alike.
Height: 116 m
Built on the Po Kaung Hills not far from the city of Monywa in Myanmar, this is the third largest statue in the world and is something of a two for one, just at the food of it lies (quite literally) the biggest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The standing statue reaches a height of 116 m whilst the reclining Buddha is 89 m long. Visitors can ride an elevator to the top of the Laykyun Setkyar and enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of the city like no other.
Spring Temple Buddha
Height: 153 m
Located in Henan, China the Spring Temple Buddha is the second tallest statue in existence, standing at an impressive 153 meters. It took 11 years to complete, with construction beginning in 1997 and ending in the year 2008, plans begun shortly after the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. This a truly impressive beacon for the faith, it stands on a 20 m high ‘lotus throne’ which is built use a whopping 1100 pieces of copper cast, the entire structure cost roughly £55 million to build, but that’s nothing compared to the next one…
The Statue of Unity
Height: 182 m
The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue, to put into perspective just how high this representation of India’s first home affairs and deputy prime minister after their independence, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stands you’d have to imagine four of the Statue of Liberty standing on top of each other just to reach his head. This statue is built across the Sardar Sarovar dam which resides nearby the of Vadodara and cost around $200 million to create. At 182 meters tall this stands as a truly impressive legacy for the man that will not soon be forgotten.