Big Buddha

Big Buddha on Lantau Island

Lantau Island is an expansion of the original Hong Kong territory. One of the attractions on the top of the island is the Tian Tan Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at the end of the Ngong Ping Road. The Tian Tan Buddha holds the distinction of being the largest seated bronze Buddha in the world at 34 metres (112 feet) and weighing 280 tons. Bronze panels were forged in Hong Kong and carried up to the top and assembled there. Imagine the amount of work that required. It took twelve years to complete.

Tian Tan Buddha

Fortunately, we were brought to the top parking lot so we only had to walk up 268 steps. Unfortunately, it was very foggy and at times Buddha had his head in the clouds.

The bus dropped us off then drove away.

In spite of the fog, I was able to get some interesting pictures with the help of the magic of a program called “Lightroom”.

Several terraces make the climb easier.

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Buddha sits on a lotus flower. Here is a gallery of a few pictures showing the size of the petals. A doorway is cut into one of the petals to allow access to the memorial inside the base.

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After a walk through the memorial inside, we have to walk back down.

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Our guide leads us down to the monastery below.

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2 Responses to Big Buddha

  1. Vidya Tiru says:

    this is so beautiful, and i did not know about this earlier.. we have made trips to india via hong kong but only in transit. maybe next time, will stop and see the sights …
    our experience with a Buddhist temple of this proportion was in Borobodur, Indonesia and it was an amazing experience as well

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