#1 Statue of Unity, India
The tallest statue in the world – Statue of Unity is a homage to the “Iron Man of India” Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. It is a patriotic symbol of his legacy, a man who devoted his whole life for the struggle of independence. The statue is not only a tribute to the Iron Man of India but also is the first such tourist attraction located in India and is termed ‘Pride of Nation’.
It is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States, and 40% taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha. The Statue of Unity was built in just 46 months and was unveiled by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.
Height of Statue of Unity is 182 meter or 597 feet with a base of 240 meter or 790 feet. This massive statue stands on a small island of Sadhu-Bet in Narmada river, at Kevadia near Rajpipla City, in the Indian state of Gujarat
The statue has a backdrop of majestic Vindhyachal and Satpuda Mountain Ranges. The statue’s surroundings occupy more than 2 hectares (4.9 acres) area. It is surrounded by a 12 sq km artificial lake. The total cost to the built was Rs 2,989 crores ($430 millions).
#2 Spring Temple Buddha, China
The Spring Temple Buddha is a colossal statue depicting Vairocana Buddha. The Buddha statue is located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. It is the second-tallest statue in the world as of 2018 after the Statue of Unity in India.
Height of the Spring Temple Buddha statue is 153 (502 feet). The total height of the monument is 208 m (682 feet).
The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring. The water of the Tianrui hot spring remains persistent at 60 °C (140 °F) throughout the year.
The Spring Temple Buddha is located within the Fodushan Scenic Area. Its construction started in 1997 and the statue was completed in 2008. Total cost of the project was around $55 million out of which $18 million was to be spent on the statue. It was originally estimated to consist of 1,100 pieces of copper cast, with a total weight of 1,000 tonnes. Beneath the statue is a Buddhist monastery.
#3 Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar
The monument of Laykyun Sekkya is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. The massive statue of Lord Buddha is 116 meter or 381 feet which stands on a pedestal of 13.4 meter. Total height of the monument is 129.2 meter or 424 feet.
Construction of the monument began in 1996 and lasted for 12 years. It was officially opened on 21 February 2008. The Laykyun Sekkya Buddha statue is located in the village of Khatakan Taung, near Monywa, Myanmar. It was commissioned by the Chief Abbot Ven. Nãradã. The sculpture was erected solely on the donations by local people.
The statue of Buddha has 27 floors and a elevator. The statue of buddha houses a temple. The monument is surrounded by a garden of 9000 bodhi trees.
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#4 Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
Ushiku Daibutsu was built to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū or “True Pure Land School” of Buddhism. The colossal Statue stands a total of 120 metres (390 ft) tall, including the 10 m (33 ft) base and 10m lotus platform.
Ushiku Daibutsu is located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It was completed in 1993 and the statue held the record for the tallest statue from 1993–2008. As of 2018, it is one of the top five tallest statues in the world.
The Statue has an elevator which takes visitors up 85 m (279 ft) to an observation floor. The statue depicts Amitabha Buddha which is made of bronze. It is also known as Ushiku ARCADIA (Amida’s Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area).
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#5 Sendai Daikannon, Japan
The Sendai Daikannon statue represents the Bodhisattva Kannon from Shingon Buddhism. This statue of Kannon bears the Nyoihōju wishing gem in her hand, which classifies her as a version of the Nyoirin Kannon (“Wish-fulfilling Kannon”) form of Kannon.
Standing tall at a height of 100 metres (330 ft), it is the tallest statue of Nyoirin Kannon in the world, and the tallest statue of a goddess in Japan. At the time of its completion in 1991 it was the tallest statue in the world.
Sendai Daikannon is a large statue of the gem-bearing Nyoirin Kannon form of Kannon, located in Sendai, Japan.
Visitors take an elevator to the 12th level then walk down the stairs and ramps to the ground. At each level there are eight Buddhas displayed in timber cabinets, 108 in all.
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#6 Guishan Guanyin, China
The Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes is located in Weishan township, Ningxiang, Hunan province in China and is the sixth-tallest statue in the world. It is a gilded bronze monument depicting Goddess Avalokitesvara and stands at 99 m (325 ft) tall.
The Ningshan County Government, with the help of local business and religious organizations, invested 260 million yuan to complete its construction in 2009
#7 Great Buddha of Thailand
The statue of Great Buddha of Thailand is located in the Wat Muang temple in Ang Thong Province of Thailand. The grand statue is 92 m (300 ft) tall and 63 m (210 ft) wide. This enormous and gigantic statue is known with many names like The Big Buddha, The Big Buddha of Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn
The Great Buddha is the tallest statue in Thailand. The construction of the statue statue started in 1990, and was completed in 2008. It is painted with gold paint and made of concrete. The Buddha is in the seated posture called Maravijaya Attitude.
The statue was built following the order of Phra Kru Vibul Arjarakhun, the first abbot of Wat Muang temple, in order to commemorate the King Bhumibol of Thailand. The statue was built using the donated money from faithful buddhists considering as the act of making merit. The budget spent on the statue was roughly 104,200,000 baht.
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#8 Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park, Japan
The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park also known as the Hokkaido Kannon, as well as the Byakue Kannon, is the third-tallest statue in Japan. It was the tallest statue in the world when it opened in 1989 at 88 metres (289 ft). The massive statue kept the record of tallest statue in the world until 1991.
The statue is located in the Kita no Miyako park on the island of Hokkaido which is an important tourist destination and pilgrimage site. The statue depicts Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara).
Planning of the statue began in 1975 and construction occurred through 1989. The statue contains over 20 floors with an elevator, with floors containing shrines and places of worship, eight in total, and a platform providing a panoramic view of City Ashibetsu and regions around the statue.
#9 The Motherland Calls, Russia
The Motherland Calls is the centerpiece of a wider memorial complex that commemorates the Battle of Stalingrad. It is situated on Mamayev Kurgan, a hill in the city of Volgograd. It is a symbol of strength and determination, a call from the Motherland to never surrender and to maintain the attack until all enemies are defeated.
This statue is dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, which lasted for 200 days. The statue has 200 steps leading to it. The statue holds the grave of Marshal Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov, who killed 225 German soldiers and their allies during the Battle of Stalingrad.
It was designed by sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin, and declared the tallest statue in the world in 1967. At 85 m (279 ft), it is the tallest statue in Europe. It is the tallest statue of a woman in the world.
#10 Awaji Kannon, Japan
Awaji Kannon or World Peace Giant Kannon, is located on Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. It has a museum and a temple. The building is currently abandoned.
Construction of Awaji Kannon started in 1977 by Toyokichi Okunai, realtor from the Okuchi group and was completed in 1982. The statue is dedicated to Goddess Kannon. The statue sits on a 5-story pedestal building that is 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with a sixth floor observation deck within the statue.
Okuchi managed the building until his death in 1988, his wife took over and continue to operate but also died in 2006.