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The Giant Buddha of Leshan | China

If you like to visit the giant, majestic statue, then carve the path to Leshan China, since there is the largest Buddha statue in the world, which was carved between 713 and 803 AD, which means that the age exceeds 12 centuries. It is said that the construction started in 713, led by the Chinese monk Haitong. He hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the fishing vessels traveling down the river. When funding for the project was threatened, he is said to cross his eyes to show their loyalty and sincerity.

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

After his death, the construction was stuck due to insufficient funding. About 70 years later, a Chinese army officer, decided to support the project and the construction was completed by Haitong’s disciples in 803. Apparently this massive construction resulted in large volumes to remove tartar from the brink and put into the river bottom by currents, so the waters were safer for the passage of vessels.

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

A sophisticated drainage system was incorporated into the statue when it was built. It is still in working condition and includes drainage pipes carved in various parts of the body, to lure the rainwater. The Buddha of Leshan’s height is 233 meters and width of 10, while it is on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO. In 1963 work was undertaken to restore damage.

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By Nicole P.

Giant Buddha of Leshan photos: h2ooo2h, Timmok, Jia Yuh Cheong.

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