If you think the Statue of Liberty is the tallest statue in the world – think again. 93 metres high, with a 47 m pedestal, it wouldn’t make it to the top of this list! Here’s a current list of 10 of tallest statues in the world (not including pedestals or other structures).
I was quite surprised that most of them are statues of Buddha – what surprised you the most?
10Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, China – 88 m
The Grand Buddha stands by the Longshan Mountain; with the picturesque lake Taihu and nearby Xiangfu Temple, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wuxi province, China.
9Great Buddha of Thailand, 92 m
Located in Wat Muang monastery in Ang Thong privince, the statue is made of cement and painted gold. Visitors of the complex can also enjoy a “Hell Park”, with very literal depictions of buddhist hell.
8Peter the Great Statue in Moscow, Russia – 98m
Designed to commemorate the 300 years of the Russian Navy, it depicts Peter the Great on a large ship made of bronze, copper and steel. There’s actually a rumour that this statue was designed to celebrate 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbuses’ voyage, but no American investor could be found so they replaced Columbus with Peter. Either way, it has won some awards for the world’s ugliest building.
7Qianshou Qianyan, China – 99m
Fourth biggest statue in China, it depicts Guan Yin of a thousand hands and eyes and stands just behind another Guan Yin statue in Weishan.
6Sendai Daikannon, Japan – 100 m
This pure white monument sure stands out against the surrounding hills and buildings. There’s a hotel just by the statue (I suppose its guests feel strange when Guan Yin watches them when they sleep) and a lift to take you to the top for admiring the city of Sendai.
5Emperors Yan and Huang, China – 106 m
A construction that took 20 years and depicts two legendary Chinese kings, regarded as the ancestors of all Chinese people.
4Guan Yin of the South Sea, China – 108m
This statue of goddess Guan Yin stands on a platform by the sea in Sanya. It has three facades: one facing the inland, the other two facing the sea, to represent the protection by Guan Yin of China and the whole world.
3Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan – 110 m
Completed in 1995, it’s one of the most popular landmarks in Japan. The statue is made of bronze and it has a lift to a viewing platform at 85 m.
2Laykyun Setkyar, Burma – 116 m
Built on the hills near the city of Monywa in Myanmar, with the largest reclining Buddha in the world at its feet. It’s gaining popularity as Myanmar’s biggest attraction.
1Spring Temple Buddha, China – 128 m
The world’s tallest statue was finished in 2008 and stands on a buddhist monastery in Henan province, China. Its name actually comes from the nearby hot springs and a thousand year old temple nearby.
Earlier this year India announced that they’re starting to work on a statue even bigger, so maybe in a couple of years this post will need an update :)
By the way, it was pretty hard to find good pictures of the last couple of statues, so if you’re a traveling photographer, this might be a good project for you!