Spring Temple Buddha

Last updated on 23 May 2017

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 m (420 ft), including a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world.[1]

Spring Temple Buddha picturing Vairocana, in Lushan County, Henan, China.png
Spring Temple Buddha picturing Vairocana, in Lushan County, Henan, China.png

Description

Taking into account the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon, the monument has a total height of 128 + 25 = 153 m (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).[2]

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 (not copper bronze or brass) cast, with a total weight of 1,000 tonnes.[3] Beneath the statue is a Buddhist monastery.

The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring, which spews water at 60°C and 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.[4]

See also

Height comparison of notable statues (vector).svg
Approximate heights of various notable statues:
1. Spring Temple Buddha 153 m (incl. 25 m pedestal and 20 m throne)
2. Statue of Liberty 93 m (incl. 47 m pedestal)
3. The Motherland Calls 91 m (excl. pedestal)
4. Christ the Redeemer 38 m (incl. 8 m pedestal)
5. Statue of David 5.17 m (excl. 2.5 m pedestal)

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Records
Preceded by
Ushiku Daibutsu
110 m (361 ft)
World's tallest statue
2002–present
Incumbent

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