Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Too much on personal stuffs.. Lets get to know some facts about some of the highest statues in the world which you may want to visit when you a traveling to that part of the world.

Ushiku Amida Buddha statue is located in Ushiku Arcadia (formely known as Jodo Teien Garden) in Ibaraki Prefecture, 50 km northeast of Tokyo. The garden is dedicated as a place to retrace the Hozo Bosatsu's journey into becoming Amida Buddha.

The staute is 100 meter tall, standing on a 10m lotus base and a 10m platform, total 120 meters. The base of the statue and its lotus platform are constructed of steel reinforced concrete. The body itself consists of a steel framework and a 6-mm skin of bronze, some 6000 individual plates. An internal observation platform is located 85-m above the ground, about chest level.

The lotus blossom platform signifies Buddha's vow to step forward and search out all those who are lost within the impure world with its five defilements. The 120 meter height refelcts the 12 beams of light said to emanate from Amida's body and reach throughout the world.

In Japan both images of Buddha and Bodhistwa, including Ushiku Amida Buddha are depicted with right and left hand gestures. This depiction is said to have originated during the Kamakura era in 1208, evident in the Buddha images of Nara and Miroku. The position of the Ushiku Buddha hands symbolises his acceptance of all sentient beings without exception.

Since its completion in 1995, Ushiku Amida Buddha is the tallest statue in the world. The monument is three times taller and thirty times larger in volume than the Statue of Liberty.

The statue weighs 4000 tons. Its First Finger is 7.0 meters long.

The second highest statue in the world is in China and dedicated to Huangdi and Yandi. Height is 103 metres.
The Jesus Statue Brazil

The famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that many people see on TV is actually called the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It is located at the top of the Corcovado Mountain and is 710 metres high up. The statue shows Jesus standing upright with his arms outstretched to either side, supposedly representing welcoming arms. The Jesus statue has become a beacon for the Brazilian city and is now world famous.

For tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro as visit to the statue is a must! The left arm points to Rio de Janeiro's north zone, the right to the south zone. It offers breath-taking views of the city such as downtown Rio, the bay, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. Soccer fans can also get a glimpse of the Maracana soccer stadium.
The largest bronze statue of Hong Kong:

The Tian Tan Buddha is situated at Po Lin monastery of Hong Kong. It is the largest out door bronze Buddha of the world. This monastery is a major religious and tourist center of Hong Kong. It is one of the five largest statues of China. The statue is 34 meters high and weighs 250 tons. In order to reach the original statue, visitors have to climb 268 steps.

Along the riverbank on the south end of Kyiv. The 102 meter tall stainless steel Motherland statue (along with much smaller Soviet realist martial statues in the foreground). Built by the communist government in the 1980s to commerate victory in WWII, she is supposed to defend Ukraine against future fascist agression with her sword and shield. Ironically, she faces east. If you don't know why that's hilarious, then spend a few hours with some European history and geography textbooks.
"This statue, measuring 90 feet high, has been a source of controversy since construction started on it in 1996. Most Muscovites agree that the statue ... is not only an eyesore but also has no place in Moscow since Peter the Great was the one who moved the capital of Russia from Moscow to St. Petersburg." - Fodors Moscow. The statue cost $20 million to build. 96 meters.
The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. The Buddha is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province, at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in Leshan City. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. As the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world, Leshan Giant Buddha is featured in poetry, song and story.

Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground.
Mamaev Kurgan is a memorial of WWII and Stalingrad Battle. Who of you abroad of Russia knows about it? May be only people of elder generation. Stalingrad was the first major battle won by the Soviet Union. The enemy's casualties were heavy. None of the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition can boast such victory. In some tips below I will quote some reliable sources to tell you more about it.

Mamaev Kurgan is open for visitors 24 h a day. At night there is a special lightning in the park and near statues and memorials. note: Mamaev Hill is a little bit wrong translation of the Russian name Mamaev Kurgan. Kurgan is a tumulus or a barrow. This means that in encient past this could be a grave of one of the nomades leader. Name Mamaev shows it could have some connection to Mamai - leader of Golden Hordes, but there is no any reliable historical evidence of that.

82 meters
The Statue of Liberty is 46,5 meter (151ft) high and together with the pedestal it reaches 93 meter (305ft). It used to be possible to take the staircase inside the statue and walk all the way up the 354 steps to the head from where you have a nice view on New York City, but for security reasons it was not allowed anymore for some time after sept 11. Currently only time-limited tickets are available for those wanting to enter the monument itself.
At 140 feet(42.67meter) tall , the statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan at Batu Caves, Malaysia is among the Highest Statute in the world.
So before you visit others, I suggest you visit the one nearest to you.

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