Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hongkong

Traditional Buddha or the Tian Tan Buddha at Ngong Ping, Lin Lantau Island of Hong Kong is a large statue of Buddha completed in 1993. A major Buddhist center, this is a major tourist attraction and is one of the five large Buddha statues in China. Here Buddha sits on a lotus throne. This statue is 34 meters tall and weighs 250 tonnes and is visible from 40 km away. A circular walkway for the visitors to climb the 268 steps to reach this statue is provided. The site also offers a small winding road to accommodate vehicles for the handicapped. While the raised right hand represents eradication of affliction, the left hand rests on the lap indicating a gesture of giving dhana or gift. While all other Buddha statues elsewhere face south, this Big Buddha faces north. Several small statues surround the Big Buddha.

There are three floors below this; The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance. Another famous feature inside the site is the relic of Gautama Buddha consisting some cremated remains. Interestingly, there is a bell with Buddha’s images carved and this bell rings every 7 minutes or 108 times a day representing release of 108 kinds of human vexations.

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6 comments on "Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hongkong"

Small Footprints on June 10, 2009 at 5:15 AM said...

How interesting ... and how beautiful! The images you have posted radiate peace.

Thank you for sharing!

Small Footprints

G.Kannan on June 10, 2009 at 8:14 AM said...

Thanks for the comments. True the images are peace-radiating.

Crissy on June 11, 2009 at 8:13 PM said...

Wow!!! That's really huge. Such an amazing creation and truly a Hongkong pride. :)

G.Kannan on June 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM said...

Thank you for your nice comments.

hangelbel on June 19, 2009 at 7:17 AM said...

Yes, that is a big one. Very nice images.

G.Kannan on June 19, 2009 at 7:42 AM said...

Thanks for the visit and the comments.



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