Buddhism is one of the most popular religions in the world, especially throughout Asia. And every year, April 8 marks the celebration of Buddha’s birth by Japanese Buddhists. We’re taking a look at some of the most famous Buddha statues from around the world.
Kamakura Daibutsu, Japan
The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a bronze statue dating back to 1252, can be found at Kotokuin Temple.
Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
This bronze statue of the Amitabha Buddha is one of the world’s tallest statues.
Monywa Buddha, Myanmar
This 300-foot statue is the largest reclining Buddha in the world, and it’s hollow inside so visitors can walk inside the statue.
Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong
Also called the Big Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha is a large bronze statue that sits on top of Mount Muk Yue in Hong Kong.
Wat Mahathat, Thailand
Inside these ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand, you’ll find this pristine Buddha head nestled within tree roots.
Leshan Giant Buddha, China
This statue of Maitreya Buddha was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.
The Reclining Buddha, Thailand
The largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand can be found at Wat Pho in Bangkok.
Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka
This stone temple features four images carved into a single piece of granite.
Emerald Buddha, Thailand
This two-foot jade statue is one of the most revered Buddha shrines in Thailand.
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