When visiting any statue, it is always the sheer scale of the object, which really impresses. There is the will to construct a monument to honour someone, but to make sure that it will be seen for miles around. Some of the world’s most famous statues are a great reference point, when trying to comprehend the vast scale of these monuments. In Brazil, Christ the Redeemer is only 98.5 feet tall and the Statue of Liberty in New York is only 151 feet.
10. Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park
Height: 289 ft (88m)
Build in: 1989
Depicts: Byakue Kannon
Starting off in Japan, the statue of Byakue Kannon in Ashibetsu, Hokkaidō is the oldest on the list and when it was built in 1989 was the world’s highest statue. Raising up to 289 feet, the pure white statue is a foreboding sight in it’s naturally wooden surroundings.
9. Great Buddha of Thailand
Height: 302 ft (92m)
Build in: 2008
Depicts: Guatama Buddha
Known locally and to tourists as ‘The Big Buddha‘, this statue sits at a height of 302 feet and took 18 years to complete. The statue is made of cement and painted in gold, it was hand shaped to accurately depict an image of Guatama Buddha. To say that the statue sits in Thailand, is due in part to the seated position of Buddha and the fact that it is 260 feet wide.
8. Peter the Great Statue
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Height: 315 ft (96m)
Build in: 1997
Depicts: Peter the Great
When Zurab Tsereteli designed a statue to commemorate 300 years of triumphs for the Russian navy, he was not inclined to make a small figure. The warship and statue stands at 315 feet tall and combines a ship with mast and sails, along with Peter the Great guiding the way. When it was build in Moscow in 1997, many of the residents were not overtly happy with the design or the honour paid to Peter the Great, who openly disliked Moscow and was instrumental in re-allocating the Russian capital to St Petersburg.
7. Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan
Height: 325 ft (99m)
Build in: 2009
Whilst the Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan statue is the fourth tallest in China, it only reaches seventh on the world list. Raising up to a height of 325 feet and depicting Guanyin with her arms displayed for all to see. Built in 2009 in the Hunan province, this gilded bronze statue is one of the top local tourist attractions. Her seemingly endless amount of arms are displayed like the wings of a butterfly, welcoming to all and yet offer a peaceful overtone.
6. Sendai Daikannon
Height: 330 ft (100m)
Build in: 1991
Depicts: Kannon (Guanyin)
Japan features once again on this list and it is with a 330 foot statue depicting Kannon. When the statue was built in 1991, it’s designers decided to finish it off in a perfect white to ensure that it symbolically resembled both purity and calm. The Sendai Daikannon is situated in a park of outstanding natural beauty and manages to take full advantage of this, with a lift to the top to afford all guests a stunning view.
5. Emperors Yan and Huang
Height: 348 ft (106m)
Build in: 2007
Depicts: Yan and Huang, Emperors of China
Built in 2007, the statue of Emperors Yan and Huang, appears to be China’s answer to the American’s Mouont Rushmore. Depicting two of China’s earliest leaders, the two figure heads took 20 years to carve and perfect, before the statue was opened to the public in 2007. The statue was built in the symbolic location of Zhengzhou, which is the capital of Henan province. Each of the two faces are 348 feet tall. Unlike Mount Rushmore, the builders have not left any possibilities to add any extra faces, having carve away all the remaining rock.
4. Nanshan Haishang Guanyin
Height: 354 ft (108m)
Build in: 2005
Arguably the most picturesque statue on this list, the statue of Nanshan Haishang depicts Guanyin standing out at sea. Accessed by a long walkway, the statue appears to be looking in three directions. The three faces are said to offer protection over the land and everyone out at sea.
Standing at 354 feet tall, the statue is best viewed from the land, where it appears to be completely isolated against a backdrop of the South Sea.
3. Ushiku Daibutsu
Height: 360 ft (110m)
Build in: 1993
Depicts: Amitabha Buddha
Japan’s tallest statue is the collosus Ushiku Daibutsu. Reigning over the Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture at 360 feet tall. When the statue was built in 1993, it was the world’s tallest staute. This was thanks in part to the 33 feet tall lotus throne that Amitabha Buddha is standing on, which made it 27 feet taller than the existing Sendai Daikannon statue.
The statue itself houses a four story museum and observation deck, explaining the story of the statue’s building and the history of Amitabha Buddha.
2. Laykyun Setkyar
Height: 381 ft (116m)
Build in: 2008
The Laykyun Setkyar statue is comprised of two different statues, a standing Buddha and a laying down Buddha. Both are equally impressive measuring 381 feet long or tall. The standing Laykyun Setkyar Buddha is depicted standing atop a 44 foot tall throne. When construction started in 1996, the village of Khatakan Taung in Burma could not foresee all the changes it was about to experience. However, 12 years later, when the statue was completed, the village became one of Burma’s top tourist spots.
1. Spring Temple Buddha
Height: 420 ft (128m)
Depicts: Vairocana Buddha
Fittingly, the world’s tallest statue continues the theme of the top 10. The Sprint Temple Buddha was built in 2002 and is 420 feet tall. The world’s tallest statue was a stated aim when the Chinese announced a $55 million project, to build a statue to replace the destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas. The massive statue depicts Vairocana Buddha, stood atop a 66 foot lotus throne, which is built on an 82 foot pedestal.
The Sprint Temple Buddha is more than four-times as tall as the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and nearly three-times as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The scale of the monument is an indication of the love and esteem that the Chinese population hold their Buddha in.