Monday, October 15, 2012

Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China

Building Name: Spring Temple Buddha
Built: 2002
City: Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan
Country: China
Interesting Facts/Records (in own words): World's Tallest Statue
Heights: 128 m

At 128 m (420 ft), which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world. When the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon is taken into account, the monument has a total height of 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.

Current Building Status:
The Spring Temple Buddha, completed in 2002 and located in Henan, China is the tallest statue in the world standing at 420 feet or 128 meters.  Among some of its characteristics are: 82 ft building pedestal and a 66ft lotus throne.  When the Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Chinese decided to start constuction on this Buddha Statue.  The name comes from the nearby Tianrui hot spring which produces 60 degree waters.  As a comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 151 feet tall (if you add pedestal 305 feet).