Lord Buddha and the studies of Buddhism has contributed in carving some of the magnificent Buddha statues in the world. These statues are still fascinating mankind because of their gigantic size. Following is a list of most popular & largest statues of lord Buddha across the globe.

1. Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan: Located in Ushiku, Japan this Buddha statue finished in 1995. This is one of the tallest statue measuring over 120 meters. This statue is known as Ushiku Arcadia which depicts Amitabha Buddha.

2. Kamakura Great Buddha, Japan: Located in Kamakura temple, Japan this temple is famous for Buddhist statues (diabustu) from the era of 1252. This statue is over 13 meters carved in bronze.

3. Leshan Great Buddha, China: This Buddha statue shows Bodhisattva (sitting posture), carved out of a cliff. This is biggest carved stone Buddha in the world standing about 71 meters.

4. Reclining Buddha, Bangkok: This statue of reclining Buddha is gold plated and more than 46 meters long which commemorates the Buddha passing into Nirvana. The statue’s eyes and feet are decorated with engraved mother of pearl, the soles of the feet displaying the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.

5. Emerald Buddha, Bangkok: Bangkok also house Wat Phra Kawe (temple of Emerald Buddha) which is the most popular Buddha statue in the world. This Buddha statue was made in India which is later taken to Sri Lanka and finally moved to Bangkok by the Buddhist monks.

6. Gal Vihare, Sri Lanka: Located in Polonnaruwa, this Buddha statue was constructed by Parakramabahu. The central attraction of the temple are 4 large statues of the Buddha carved into the face of a granite boulder. Among these giant stone figures are a reclining statue of the Buddha that measures 14 meters in length and a standing figure measuring 7 meters high.

7. Monywa Buddhas, Myanmar: Monywa Buddha constructed in 1991 is the largest statue amongst reclining Buddha statues in the world. This colossal figure measures 90 meters in length.

8. Hussain Sagar Buddha Statue, India: The Buddha statue situated at the center of an artificial lake in the city of Hyderabad is one of India’s most famous Buddhist statues. This figure stands at a full 17 meters tall and weighs 320 tons.

9. Buddha head, Thailand: Located in Ayutthaya, Thialand is one of the world’s most unusual Buddhist statues. Among the ruins of Wat Mahathat (The Temple of the Great Relic) is the remains of a sandstone statue of the Buddha whose body has been lost to the ages but whose head rests appropriately in the climbing roots and vines of a tree.

10. Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong: Also know as Big Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha is situated in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Named Tian Tan after being a replica of the Temple of Heaven. This Buddha statue is 34 meters tall sittings on a lotus throne on top of a three tiered altar.

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  • One that excited me is from Sri Lanka. Polonnawura Buddhist statue is 46 feet long. The statue is reclined, depicting his moments of nirvana has glorious Sinhalese art in rock carvings. Buddha is lying on one side with one hand beneath his head & serene smile on his face. The details of posture, sun wheel emblem & his last few moments are really powerful.

  • One that excited me is from Sri Lanka. Polonnawura Buddhist statue is 46 feet long. The statue is reclined, depicting his moments of nirvana has glorious Sinhalese art in rock carvings. Buddha is lying on one side with one hand beneath his head & serene smile on his face. The details of posture, sun wheel emblem & his last few moments are really powerful.

  • Gayashan

    Buddhan Saranam Gachchami……!

  • Gayashan

    Buddhan Saranam Gachchami……!

  • I have stood at the feet of Tian Tan and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I have since then started training in Reiki and now know I lead from my heart Chakra. Several times I have visualised Buddha, so the visit to this wonderful Buddha in Hong Kong is very special to me. Buddha is pure unconditional love for me and everyone I heal xx

  • I have stood at the feet of Tian Tan and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I have since then started training in Reiki and now know I lead from my heart Chakra. Several times I have visualised Buddha, so the visit to this wonderful Buddha in Hong Kong is very special to me. Buddha is pure unconditional love for me and everyone I heal xx

  • Morans

    Absolutely amazing. I use this link as a teaching tool for my students. It helps them visualize the variety of Buddha statues and the differences in Buddhism from nation to nation. Thanks for keeping it active!

  • Mikewu

    You left out the biggest one in Wat Muang Ang Thong, Thailand.

  • I wonder why there are so many great Buddha statues around the world, mostly Asia, but as far as I have learned, not any in Europe or other Western countries.I know the Taliban destroyed some in Afgahnistan. There are no statures of God, some of Jesus, yes, but not many that I know of, but no God, is that because he is mythical.The original Buddha was not religous, in fact he never believed in any God.He only taught love, kindness, peace and tranquility, which is something you can’t say about Christian Gods.