The Tian Tan Buddha, more commonly known as The Big Buddha, is found on Lantau Island, the largest of the islands that form part of Hong Kong’s New Territories. The 34-metre high, 200 tonne statue, depicting a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, was constructed over a three year period from 1990 to 1993 out of over 200 pieces of bronze. He is part of the nearby Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong’s largest temple complex & a major centre of Buddhism in the territory, and is said to be the world’s largest outdoor seating Buddha (because there are loads of those).

The Big Buddha of the Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China. August 27, 2005.

To access the base of the Tian Tan Buddha one must tackle a flight of 240 steps. The Big Buddha of the Po Lin Monastery (map-pointer-icon), Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China. August 27, 2005 || From an August 2005 visit to Hong Kong, China (2005)

Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China. August 27th 2005.

The Tian Tan Buddha appears serene and dignified. His right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction, while his left hand rests on his lap in a gesture of giving dhana. The Buddha faces north which is unique among the great Buddha statues as all others face south. Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China. August 27, 2005 || From an August 2005 visit to Hong Kong, China (2005)

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