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Big Buddha

Hong Kong Big Buddha

The Buddha is 23 meters tall but the Big Buddha is 34 meters. It weights 250kg and is made of 202 pieces of bronzes. The Buddha of 5-tons is cast in 2kg gold, which adds radiance to it. The design of the Buddha is based off of the Tang Dynasty. It looks solemn and amiable. He faces north with his right hand raised on his chest and five fingers extended horizontally, which symbolizes help for those that are tortured. His left land is put on his foot, palm facing out and fingertip leaning slightly downward, which symbolizes happiness for others. This Buddha is the achievement of high technology and East Asian art. There are 260 stone steps from the bottom of Muyu Mountain to the pedestal of the Buddha. The pedestal is styled into the Temple of Heaven, thus the name. Its internal structure consists of 3 layers, the Merit, Exhibition and Memorial Hall. A stone tablet is also inscribed with the names of donors in Merit Hall.         

On the sea to the west of HK Island is the open and beautiful Lantau Island. The magnificent Po Lin Temple is located on the island next to the Big Buddha on the Muyu Mount with an elevation of 482.

Big Buddha is a copper statue built in the early 1990’s. It was designed by the China Aerospace Science and technology Ministry and made of 200 copper castings. It covers nearly 6,567 square meters and weighs 250 tons. It is the highest and largest copper Sakyamuni Buddha statue in the world.