Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Baguashan Big Buddha, Changhua, Taiwan

2/26/2012 Taiwan Explorer

The Baguashan Big Buddha 八卦山大佛 also known as the Great Buddha of Changhua, is one of the landmarks of Changhua City, as well as whole of Taiwan. The 23m tall Buddha sits on a 4m tall lotus throne, which makes the overall statue 27m tall. The Buddha and most of its surrounding area was constructed between 1956 and 1966 (source). It used to be one of the biggest Buddha statues in Asia upon its completion (source). Today, most visitors in this part of the world choose to visit the 7m taller Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong. I admit, than the latter one has impressed me more, but if you find yourself in central Taiwan, don't miss this one as well.

On top of Bagua Mountain, the Nine Dragons Fountain in front, the Big Buddha at the back.

Zooming in.

Walking closer.

The meditating Buddha.

Side view.

The dark brown color resembles chocolate.

A lawn and a temple.

The size is obvious, when you stand behind the statue.

You can go inside the statue as well - this is the bottom part.

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