Spring Temple Buddha – Pingdingshan Shi, China - Atlas Obscura

Spring Temple Buddha

Pingdingshan Shi, China

The largest statue in the world towers at 420 feet high atop another 66 feet of pedestal. 


The world’s tallest statue (at the moment at least) stands in the Fodushan Scenic Area in the Zhaocun township of China. Built between 1997 and 2008, the massive copper Buddha stands atop a 66 foot tall lotus-shaped pedestal which houses a monastery, giving it a total height of 502 feet. It has more than 100 feet in height on its closest competitor,  another massive Buddha known as the Luykyun Sekka, located in Myanmar. The Ushiku Daibatsu Buddha in Japan comes in a close third, at 360 feet tall. But plans seem to be constantly afoot for ever taller statues, so it’s only a matter of time before the Spring Temple Buddha has its title stolen by someone even bigger. And in 2018, that’s exactly what happened when the 597-foot tall Statue of Unity in India took the crown of “World’s Tallest Statue.”

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Coordinates published will get you to the parking lot. Enjoy the walk from there.

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