Statues hold historical and cultural significance because let’s face it, you don’t get a statue erected of you for menial things. Some people visit famous landmarks to snap a picture and claim bragging rights. Others go to pay respect to the person or cause the statue was created for.
Whatever the reason, there’s no denying they play a big part in the tourism industry, and Asia is home to the world’s tallest. Some you may know, maybe even been to, others might be on your bucket list. Here are the ten tallest statues in the world, and they all happen to be in Asia:
Spring Temple Buddha, China – 502 feet
The Laykyun Setkyar Buddha, Myanmar – 381 feet
Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan – 367 feet
Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, Hainan, China - 354 feet
Emperors Yan and Huang, China – 348 feet
Sendai Daikannon, Japan – 330 feet
Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan, China – 325 feet
Great Buddha of Thailand, Thailand – 302 feet
Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park, Ashibetsu, Hokkaidō, Japan - 289 feet
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, Wuxi, China - 289 feet
The Tallest Statues In The World
Statues are objects of artistic expression that represent abstract ideas and often allude to animals or people. Statues are of historical, religious, and cultural importance. Ancient people carved statues to mark historical events and in some cases burial rites. In ancient times soldiers used to construct statues with the belief that they had mysterious powers to ensure their victory in war. The significance of statues has evolved over the years and is viewed as an art form in the contemporary age. Some of the statues are kept in museums across the world in a bid to preserve culture. The tallest statues in the world include the Spring Temple Buddha, Laykyun Setkyar, Ushiku Daibutsu, Guyan Yin of South Sea in China, and the Emperors Yan and Huang statues.
China's Spring Temple Buddha, the Tallest Statue In The World. Laykyun Setkyar comes as the second tallest statue in the world depicting Gautama Buddha. Ushiku Daibutsu, the third tallest statue in the world is the Ushiku Daibutsu rising to 360 feet and weighing 4000 tons. Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, the statue is the fourth tallest in the world standing at 354 feet and depicting Guanyin.
Other Massive Statues - There are many statues across the world famed for their sheer size and splendor. Other tall statues across the world are Emperors Yan and Huang, which depicts Yan and Huang, Emperors of China. It stands at 348 feet and is in the Henan Province of China. At 330 feet stands the Sendai Daikannon depicting Kannon located in Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. Next, is the Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan found in the Hunan Province in China it towers at 325 feet and depicts Guanyin. In Ang Thong, Thailand, Great Buddha of Thailand rises to 302 feet depicting Gautama Buddha. The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park represents Kannon and towering at 289 feet is in Hokkaido, Japan. The tenth tallest statue is the Grand Buddha at Ling, which depicts Amitabha Buddha. It is located in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province and stands at 289 feet. Statues serve historical, cultural and religious significance. After years of attracting tourists, statues are now being viewed as a booster for tourism. China, for example, plans to build more massive statues as an investment for the tourism sector.
The World’s Tallest Buildings
The competition between the world countries to hold on their grounds the world’s tallest buildings has been on the rise in the recent years. New technologies and developed materials have deemed the extraordinary heights possible.
With the world’s tallest building now, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, rising 828 meters above ground, almost double the height of the Petronas towers, in Kuala Lumpur, which used to be the world’s tallest, no more than 20 years ago, you can quite tell the difference.
So, now let’s take a look at the top 10 towers from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s list of the 100 Tallest Under-Construction Buildings in the World, available on its Global Tall Building Database. Here starts the countdown: