Spring Temple Buddha

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Spring Temple Buddha
中原大佛
Spring Temple Buddha picturing Vairocana, in Lushan County, Henan, China.png
Coordinates33°46′30″N 112°27′03″E / 33.775082°N 112.450925°E / 33.775082; 112.450925 (Spring Temple Buddha (Lushan, China))Coordinates: 33°46′30″N 112°27′03″E / 33.775082°N 112.450925°E / 33.775082; 112.450925 (Spring Temple Buddha (Lushan, China))
LocationFodushan Scenic Area, Lushan County, Henan, China
TypeStatue
Height
  • statue: 128 metres (420 ft)
  • including base: 208 metres (682 ft)
[1]
Completion date1 September 2008
Dedicated toGautama Buddha

The Spring Temple Buddha (Chinese: 中原大佛 and simplified Chinese: 鲁山大佛; traditional Chinese: 魯山大佛) is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China, built from 1997 to 2008. It is located within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311. At 128 metres (420 ft), including a 25 metres (82 ft) lotus throne, it was the tallest statue in the world until 31 October 2018. It is now the second tallest statue in the world after the Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India with a height of 182 metres (597 ft), as of 2018.[2]

Description[edit]

Taking into account the 25 metres (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon, the monument has a total height of 153 metres (502 ft). As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15 m tall. The total height of the monument is now said to be 208 m (682 ft).[3]

The project as a whole was estimated to cost around $55 million, $18 million of which being spent on the statue. It was originally estimated to consist of 1,100 pieces of copper cast, with a total weight of 1,000 tonnes.[4] Beneath the statue is a Buddhist monastery.

The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring whose water, at 60 °C (140 °F), is renowned in the area for its curative properties. The Foquan Temple, built during the Tang dynasty, houses the Bell of Good Luck, placed on top of Dragon Head peak. This bronze bell weighs 116 tonnes.[5]

See also[edit]

Approximate heights of various notable statues:
1. Statue of Unity 240 m (incl. 58 m base)
2. Spring Temple Buddha 153 m (incl. 25 m pedestal and 20 m throne)
3. Statue of Liberty 93 m (incl. 47 m pedestal)
4. The Motherland Calls 87 m (incl. 2 m pedestal)
5. Christ the Redeemer 38 m (incl. 8 m pedestal)
6. Statue of David 5.17 m (excl. 2.5m plinth)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.zatpw.com/read.php?tid-23558.htm
  2. ^ (in Chinese) 中国佛山金佛-153米卢舍那佛 - 墨宝斋 Archived 2008-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ (in Chinese) 世界第一大佛鲁山大佛 Archived 2008-12-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "China enters biggest Buddhist statue race". BBC News. 6 May 2001.
  5. ^ Fodushan Scenic Area

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Records
Preceded by
Ushiku Daibutsu
110 m (361 ft)
World's tallest statue
2002–2018
Succeeded by
Statue of Unity
182 m (597 ft)