There are so many statues and monuments here on Earth. Albeit historical figures to ancient monuments to gods and deities, humans love building statues everywhere. And it seems we somehow build these edifices in a competition to see “who has the tallest statue in the world.” Kinda! Or to even see how famous it could get. You name ‘em, Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer, and… well, these are not even the mega statues. Here are the world’s top ten infamous tallest statues.
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#10. Grand Buddha, China 🇨🇳
Location: Wuxi, Jiangsu, China; Height: 88 meters (289 feet);
Construction: commissioned in …, and opened in 1996 by the Chinese government.
It is located around the Ling Shan mountain, and the north shore of Lake Tai. It’s the iconic figure of Amitabha Buddha, which is exclusively made of bronze, and weighing over 700 metric tons. It is surrounded by several buddhist temples and sites that attracts millions of tourists each year. It is one of the tallest statues in China, and in the world. Our Buddha check #1.
The Grand Buddha stands as the 10th tallest statue in the world.
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#9. Great Buddha, Thailand 🇹🇭
Location: Wat Muang, Ang Thong, Thailand; Height: 92 meters (302 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1990, and opened in 2008 by the Thai government.
Also known as Big Buddha of Thailand, and officially called Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin. It is also the iconic figure of the Buddha, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of the capital Bangkok. It is entirely made of steel and concrete, and covered in golden paint. This is the tallest statue in Thailand, and the second tallest in Southeast Asia. Our Buddha check #2.
The Great Buddha stands as the 9th tallest statue in the world.
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#8. Peter The Great, Russia 🇷🇺
Location: Moscow, Oblast, Russia; Height: 98 meters (322 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1997, and opened in 1997 by the Russian Navy.
This statue is the monument of Peter the Great of Russia, who was ruler for 43 years. It is located at the western confluence of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal in central Moscow. It was designed by Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli, and made of 600 tons of steel and bronze. It was built to mark 300 years of the Russian Navy.
The statue of Peter the Great stands as the 8th tallest statue in the world.
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#7. Sendai Daikannon, Japan 🇯🇵
Location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan; Height: 100 meters (328 feet);
Construction: commissioned on …, and opened on 1991 by the Japanese government.
Officially known as Sendai Tendou Byakue Daikannon, it is the larger version of the goddess statue Byakue Kannon. It bears a gem in one hand and water in the other. There are miniature versions of it inside it. It is also the iconic figure of the Buddha, and made of steel and concrete. It is the second tallest statue in Japan, and one of the tallest in the world. Our Buddha check #3.
The Sendai Daikannon stands as the 7th tallest statue in the world.
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#6. Emperor Yan And Huang, China 🇨🇳
Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China; Height: 106 meters (348 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1987, and opened in 2007 by the Chinese government.
This monument is indeed a sculpture, the world’s largest sculpture — similar to the one at Mount Rushmore. It is the depiction of the two earliest Chinese emperors, Emperor Yan Di and Huang Di. The sculpture was carved out of a mountain along the Yellow River. The two emperors ruled in the Qing dynasty somewhere around 2697 Before the Common Era (B.C.E).
The sculpture of Emperor Yan And Huang stands as the 6th tallest statue in the world.
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#5. Guanyin Of The South Sea Of Sanya, China 🇨🇳
Location: Sanya, Hainan, China; Height: 108 meters (354 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1999, and opened in 2005 by the Chinese government.
This is the statue of the bodhisattva Guanyin, located off the south coast near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya. It is one of the many iconic figures of the Buddha. It has three aspects: one side faces inland and the other two face the South China Sea. This represents blessing and protection by Guanyin of China and the whole world. Our Buddha check #4.
The Guanyin Of The South Sea Of Sanya stands as the 5th tallest statue in the world.
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#4. Ushiku Diabutsu, Japan 🇯🇵
Location: Ushiku, Ibaraki, Japan; Height: 110 meters (361 feet);
Construction: commissioned …, and opened in 1993 by the Japanese government.
This statue once held the record for the tallest statue in the world — from 1993 through 2008. It is one of the iconic figures of the Buddha. It is entirely made of bronze, and has several features tourists find fascinating, including a picturesque garden in front of it. As of 2018, it is one of the world’s top five tallest statues, and the tallest in Japan. Our Buddha check #5.
The statue of Ushiku Diabutsu stands as the 5th tallest statue in the world.
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#3. Laykyun Setkyar, Myanmar 🇲🇲
Location: Khatakan Taung, Monywa, Myanmar; Height: 116 meters (380 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1996 and opened in February 21, 2008 by then Burmese government.
This statue also held the record for the tallest statue in the world. This was only for a few months until the completion of the Spring Temple Buddha (next on this list) in September 2008. What a miss! It is one of Buddha’s iconic figures which stands on a 13.5-meter (44 feet) throne. There are over 9,000 buddhist monks surrounding the statue. Our Buddha check #6.
The Laykyun Setkyar stands as the 3rd tallest statue in the world.
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#2. Spring Temple Buddha, China 🇨🇳
Location: Lushan County, Henan, China; Height: 153 meters (502 feet);
Construction: commissioned in 1997, and opened in 2008 by the Chinese government.
This is a colossal depicting the iconic figure of Vairocana Buddha, and the last Buddha in this list, #7. It is located in the Zhaocun township, within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway #311. The entire structure is made of gold, copper, and steel. It was the world’s tallest statue for ten years until the Statue of Unity surpassed it in November 2018.
The Spring Temple Buddha stands as the 2nd tallest statue in the world.
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#1. Statue Of Unity, India 🇮🇳
Location: Kevadiya, Gujarat, India; Height: 182 meters (598 feet);
Construction: commissioned on October 31, 2013, and opened on October 31, 2018 by the Indian government.
This is a colossal depiction of the Indian statesman and independence activist Vallabhbhai Patel. It is located along the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the city of Vadodara. The height of the statue represents the 182 states of India. It took roughly 42 months to complete (less than four years).
The Statue of Unity stands as the tallest statue in the world.
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Sun, Jan 09, 2022.