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Giant Buddha of Leshan
- Giant Buddha of Leshan
- Alt Name:
- Imperial China
- 700AD - 799AD
- Tang Dynasty
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Reclining Bhudda,
about Giant Buddha of Leshan
The Giant Buddha of Leshan, also known as Dafo or the Great Buddha statue in Leshan, China, is a massive sculpture of a sitting Buddha which was carved into Mount Lingyun from 713 AD.
At an incredible height of 230 feet, the Giant Buddha of Leshan was originally created by a monk called Haitong to oversee passing ships travelling along the Qingyi, Min and Dadu rivers beneath it. the Giant Buddha of Leshan was completed in around 803 AD, although Haitong did not live to see his masterpiece completed.
Since then, many Buddhist temples and structures were built around the Giant Buddha of Leshan, transforming the area into one of China’s most important centres of Buddhism.
Visitors can take the steep stairs down to the Giant Buddha of Leshan's enormous feet, sail by in a boat or cross the Haoshang Bridge to catch a good view of this magnificent site.
In 1996, the Giant Buddha of Leshan became a UNESCO World Heritage site together with the Mount Emei Scenic Area.
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Address: Leshan, Sichuan Province, China
Phone: Contact local tourist office
The Giant Buddha is located in Leshan, in the Sichuan Province, around 150km southwest of the city of Chengdu. Leshan is accessible by bus from Chengdu station and then there is a further bus to the site.
The Giant Buddha of Leshan is open 8am to 6pm, extended to open 7:30am to 7:30pm from May to September. Admission costs approx. 70-80 Yuan, although boat fees vary.
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