Leshan Giant Buddha, China

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a monumental statue of Buddha carved into the cliffs of Mount Lingyun, on the east bank of the Min River in the area of ​​Mount Emei in Sichuan. Built between approximately 713 and 803, it owes its existence – the legend says – a Buddhist monk who wanted to protect marine taking the dangerous confluence of three rivers: Dadu, Minjiang and Qingyi and prevent flooding of the city of Leshan. It is located south of Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China.

This site, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, and the first place of establishment of Buddhism in China, is its size, the largest Buddha in the world prior to the twentieth century, 1 N 1 and Highest statue of Maitreya, with its 71 meters high and 28 meters wide.

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