The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 ft) tall rock Buddha statue, built during the Tang Dynasty. The World’s Highest Buddha Statue, carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the south part of Sichuan state in China, near the city of Leshan.
The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the worldand it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.
The UNESCO in the year 1996 has declared Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area as a World Heritage Site.
At 71 meters (233 ft) tall, the statue shows a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees. His shoulders are 28 meters wide and his smallest toenail is large enough to easily seat person. Each eyebrow is 18 feet long.
The local legend is: “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”.
This is partially because the mountain range in which the Leshan Giant Buddha is located is thought to be shaped like a slumbering Buddha when seen from the river, with the Leshan Giant Buddha as its heart.
Construction of the Giant Buddha began in 713 AD. This was the idea of a Chinese Monk Haitong, whose expectancy was that the Buddha would calm the disruptive waters which troubled the shipping vessels that traveling through the river. His plans were not just supernatural, the tremendous sum of rubble carved away from this formation would be deposited in the river, which can alter the circulating and calming the waters.
When funding from the government for the project was threatened, the monk is said to have gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and gravity. The construction project was continued by his followers and finally completed by the local governor in 803 AD.
Today, there are still some strong events where the three rivers meet-but none of that threaten the tourist boats.
What to See in Giant Buddha of Leshan
Maitreya is the upcoming Buddha, who will appear to preach the dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha will washed-out.
Several drainage passages are hidden in the Buddha’s hair, collar, chest, and holes in the back of his ears preventing the Buddha from sincere erosion and weathering. Buddha is lovingly preserved throughout his 1,200-years old history, but is still a bit moss-grown.
Visitors looking in wonder at the Buddha from the tourist ferries and from a terrace next to his ear. On one side of the terrace is a modern statue of the monk Haitong, and behind is the Lingyun Temple Museum with exhibits on the construction and renovations of Dafo.
On the South of the Giant Buddha is Wuyou Si, visitors pass on the way from the ferry to the Buddha. A pink-walled monastery founded in 742 AD, have an awesome decorations including glorious gate defenders, painted scenes from the Journey to the West (on the second hall) and amusing sculptures of arhats (inside the Louhan Hall).
On the other side of the gully on Lingyun Shan, there are signs for Han-dynasty tomb chambers, which suggest this site was sacred area before the Buddha was carved.
Best to Visit during
May-Sept 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Oct-Apr 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Address: Leshan, Sichuan, China
Subject: Gautama Buddha
Phone: +86 833 230 2296