Buddha has several statues built in his honor. In this article, we take you through five of the interesting statues of Buddha that tourists normally gush about whenever they travel to places where these statues are found.
Like Christianity that has Jesus Christ as the figurehead, or if you like, the founder; and Islam that has Prophet Mohammed as the leader, so do Buddhists also have ‘The Buddha” as their leader.
The founder of Buddhism was Siddhartha Gautama who later became known as “The Buddha.”
In honor of him, his followers have put up giant statues of Buddha at various places, some of which serve as places of worship for these Buddhists.
Statues of Buddha that attract tourists
Buddha of Bamiyan/Bamyan.
The Buddha of Bamiyan/Bamyan is one of the giant and beautiful statues of Buddha around which tourists normally visit because of its architectural beauty. Budha od Bamiyan/Bamyan is located in Afghanistan, 130 kilometers northwest of Kabul at an elevation of 2,500 meters. This giant Buddha statue was constructed many many years ago in 544 AD.
The Tian Tan Buddha
This is one of the statues of Buddha that tourists cannot have enough of.
Located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong, this statue of Buddha was constructed 1993 and is a major Buddhist center in Hong Kong.
When next you visit Thailand for a holiday, do well to visit Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong to see the Tian Tan Buddha.
Leshan Giant Buddha
As one of the very attractive statues of Buddha, the Leshan Giant Buddha overlooks a water body, which was carved out of a cliff face of Cretaceous red bed sandstones that lies at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan.
It is one of the historic and oldest statues of Buddha. The Leshan Giant Buddha was opened in 803 AD.
If you thought Buddha was popular amongst people only in the ADs, you have to rethink it as Buddha is still popular. The Buddha Dordenma, located in the mountains of Bhutan, was opened in 2015 and has since become one of the most beautiful and attractive statues of Buddha that people visit to see. The Buddha Dordenma was constructed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
Grand Buddha of Ling Shan
Statues of Buddha usually spot some breathtaking architectural designs that make them very appealing to the eyes of tourists. The Grand Buddha of Ling Shan, located on the north shore of Lake Tai, near Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the country.
The Grand Buddha of Ling Shan was opened in 1996. It has a height of 88 m (289 ft).
The statue is a bronze Amitabha standing Buddha outdoor that weighs over 700 metric tons.
If you are looking for some of the most beautiful and ancient statues of Buddha that excite tourists, you can’t possibly overlook these ones in the list we have provided.