Saturday, August 13, 2011

10 Biggest Statues In The World - Part 1

I don’t know about you but I am afraid of statues. Seriously, big humanoid statues creep me out. Sure, I wouldn’t be scared of an enormous statue of Hello Kitty, but when it looks like a human, it definitely scares me. Those are perhaps some childhood issues that went unresolved. Anyway, here are some of the world’s biggest statues.

1. Spring Temple Buddha - This one is actually the biggest statue in the world and it’s about 153 meters. It’s located in Lushan County, Henan, China. You have to climb 365 stairs to reach it, representing the days in a year. The road is also divided into 12 parts. The plans for this statue were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan, an act condemned by China

2. Laykyun Setkyar is the second tallest statue in the world. It has 116 meters and it’s located in the village of Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar.  It even has its own facebook page. LoL
This very colorful statue (statues?) was completed on February 21, 2008.

This one has a backdoor...literally...

3. Ushiku Daibutsu located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan has 120 meters and it contains a nice museum inside. It was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran (a Japanese Buddhist monk ), founder of the True Pure Land School of Buddhism or Jōdo Shinshū, the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan.

4. Nanshan Haishang Guanyin and Emperors Yan and Huang  (yes, there are two statues on the 4th place, I don’t find it fair for the other statues to let China take all the places) 

Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya is another statue from China (they definitely love making statues apparently). This statue represents Avalokiteśvara, which is a bodhisattva that embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. It is 108 meters high and it took 6 years to build. It is situated in the province Hainan, China.

Emperors Yan and Huang statues are 106 meters high and they depict the Chinese emperors, Yan Di and Huag Di. Their construction laster 20 years and the statues are located in Zhengzhou, Henan province, People’s Republic of China.

5. Sendai Daikannon is on 5th place. It has 100 meters and depicts the the Japanese Buddhist Bodhisattva Kannon.

6. Again, China is on the 6th place with the Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes, made out of bronze, 99 meters high. Located in Weishan, Changsha, Hunan, People's Republic of China.

People find this statue ugly but I think is nice, a little big but nice. It was voted the tenth ugliest building in the world by Virtual Tourist and it was included on the world’s ugliest statues by Foreign Policy. It’s made of bronze, steel and cooper and it’s about 98 meters high. 
I still can’t find something wrong with this statue; yeah, it’s big but it’s quite impressive and nice. Well, perhaps the color is not that amazing.

8. Great Buddha of Thailand – yep, another Buddha, but this one comes from Thailand. A 92 meters high and 63 meters wide, this statue is the tallest in Thailand and the ninth tallest in the world.

 Again, we have China with another impressive statue of Buddha, which is located in  WuxiJiangsu Province, People's Republic of China
It is 88 meters high and it’s made of bronze.

10. Kannon in Ashibetsu in Japan is the last one in the first part of my article. This beautiful white statue symbolizes the Buddhist deity Kannon. We talked about Kannon it’s the same as the one on entry 5.  
Kannon is a bodhisattva that is associated with compassion and it’s also known as Guanyin. 

All photos taken from unless specified otherwise. 


  1. hi andreea, how are you doing... surprise to know that you are scared of statues.. i am not but i fear heights..
    the reclining monk statue is kind of amusing with the back much for space management..
    the peter the great statue looks unique in it's own way, tho its is a bit "chaotic-like" design

  2. Hello dear, I'm ok. Yes, I'm quite scared of statues, it's not a phobia though, they just make me anxious.
    I agree the Peter the Great statue is kinda chaotic, but I think that's what makes it beautiful.

  3. Hi Andreea!

    Agree that 'huge' statues can unsettle any person!

    Why are we so fond of making them so big?

    Is it that we find somewhat insecure about their meaning, unless we can asseverate by means of size what we want to transmit to posterity?

    They are beautiful anyway, that's for sure!

    untony aka odliam.

  4. I don't know why they make them so big, I think it's some kind of silent competition among different countries. "My Buddha is the biggest", "No, mine is!!", "Ha, I'll make three Buddhas that will be bigger than yours", etc. (yes, I have imaginary conversations in my head)
    When I was writing about them, I saw that they cost millions of dollars and I couldn't stop thinking that the money could have been put to much better use(like cancer research). But I don't judge, they are beautiful indeed (at least some of them.