Photo tour: Buddha statues

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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.

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

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Kamakura Daibutsu (Image: Andrea Schaffer)

The Great Buddha of Kamakura, a bronze statue dating back to 1252, can be found at Kotokuin Temple.

Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan

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Ushiku Daibutsu (Image: Samuel Hayashi)

This bronze statue of the Amitabha Buddha is one of the world’s tallest statues.

Monywa Buddha, Myanmar

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Monywa Buddha (Image: mckaysavage)

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

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Tian Tan Buddha (Image: iz4aks)

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

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Buddha Head at Wat Mahathat (Image: mckaysavage)

Inside these ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand, you’ll find this pristine Buddha head nestled within tree roots.

Leshan Giant Buddha, China

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Leshan Giant Buddha (Image: Alexander Savin)

This statue of Maitreya Buddha was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

The Reclining Buddha, Thailand

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Reclining Buddha (Image: Alberto Perdomo)

The largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand can be found at Wat Pho in Bangkok.

Gal Vihara, Sri Lanka

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Gal Vihara (Image: rahuldlucca)

This stone temple features four images carved into a single piece of granite.

Emerald Buddha, Thailand

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Emerald Buddha (Image: archer10 (Dennis))

This two-foot jade statue is one of the most revered Buddha shrines in Thailand.

(Main image: mckaysavage)

Photo tour: Buddha statues was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.