At the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island near Hong Kong, China, this magnificent giant Buddha towers over everything. It’s called Tian Tan and is 26.4 metres from the top of the lotus throne it sits on, and is 34 metres overall. It faces mainland China, and was commissioned in 1993, taking 12 years to complete. There are 268 steps from bottom to top, which are usually crowded with the curious and the devoted.


giant budda, tian tan, lantau island, hong kong, statue of buddha

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  • WeeZie
    WeeZieover 1 year ago

    Great capture, Phil.

  • WeeZie
    this was a beautiful monastery and these icons were amazing to see….so large!

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 1 year ago

    Now, that’s impressive, Phil! Any bet it’s hollow inside, or at least has a few rooms? Lol :-)

  • pete,
    don’t think it’s accessible, although most certainly hollow in that it’s made from bronze,,,to be solid would be unusual. We walked around it, but saw no entrance to go inside

    – phil decocco

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • thanks audrey for your note

    – phil decocco

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Outstanding capture.

  • julie
    I appreciate your comment very much. This was a wonderful experience heightened by our brave use of the rail system to get out there from Hong Kong

    – phil decocco

  • WildestArt
    WildestArt5 months ago

  • WA
    Thanks for the feature. It was something to have experienced!

    – phil decocco

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