If you are a travel freak and interested in exploring the tallest statues around the world then this article is for you. The construction of statues is ongoing since ancient times. These exclusive tall statues make a significant space in the travel and tourism industry worldwide.
These statues which are spread all across the world are either related to great personalities or very important events of history. These huge structures are so tall in height which makes them the key appeal of the respective cities.
10 tallest statues in the World with their Heights
The first thought which might crop up in the mind when it comes to the tallest statue is the famous iconic Statue of Liberty in the US, however, it is nowhere in the top 10 list.
We will take you on a virtual tour of the Top 10 Tallest Statues in the World in our article today. Here we go!
1. Statue of Unity: India
Height of Statue: 182 meters (597 feet)
Total height including base: 240 meters (790 feet)
Statue of Unity, from India, is the tallest statue in the world which portrays Indian politician statesman and first home minister of independent India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This colossal statue is located in the state of Gujarat on a river island that is opposite the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya Colony in Narmada district.
The statue was inaugurated on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on 31st October 2018 by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Sardar Patel has played a key role in uniting erstwhile 562 princely states of India ruled by kings and were part of the former British Raj to form the single Union of India. Statue of Unity was constructed by India’s largest infra company Larsen and Toubro at the cost of approximately $422 million and designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar.
2. Spring Temple Buddha: China
Height of Statue: 128 meters (420 feet)
Total height including base: 208 meters (682 feet)
Spring Temple Buddha is the second tallest statue in the world which represents Vairocana Buddha. The statue is created in the middle of a lotus-shaped throne. Spring Temple Buddha is located in the city of Henan, China which is within the Fodushan Scenic Area at Lushan County.
Statue of Buddha construction began in the year 1997 and took almost 11 years to complete in the year 2008. This huge statue has been built on a hill. It is estimated that it cost around $55 million for the entire project and 18 million dollars just exclusively for the statue alone.
3. Laykyun Sekkya: Myanmar
Height of Statue: 116 meters (381 feet)
Total height including base: 129.2 meters (424 feet)
Laykyun Sekka ranks third in the list of the world’s tallest statues standing on a 13.5-meters throne. The statue which is golden in color is the grand structure of Gautama Budhha. It took almost 12 years to complete the construction of this statue which began in 1996.
Post completion of construction it was available for a public visit in the second month of 2008. Laykyun Sekka is located at Khatakan Taung, near Monywa in Myanmar where each element of this entire monument was detailed carefully.
4. Ushiku Daibutsu: Japan
Height of Statue: 100 meters (330 feet)
Total height including base: 120 meters (390 feet)
Ushiku Daibutsu statue is the fourth tallest in the entire world that was constructed in the year 1993. This statue which is made up of Bronze represents Amitabha Buddha. Ushiku Daibutsu, the statue of Lord Buddha is positioned on a lotus platform.
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Shinran, founder of Jōdo Shinshū, the “True Pure Land School” of Buddhism, this statue was constructed.
Ushiku Daibutsu is located in Japan’s Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture. This statue is also referred to as Ushiku ARCADIA which is an abbreviation of Amida’s Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area.
5. Sendai Daikannon: Japan
Height of Statue: 100 meters (330 feet)
Sendai Daikannon statue ranks fifth in our list of the world’s tallest statues. Sendai Daikannon is located in Sendai, Japan. This huge statue of Byakue Kannon is the tallest statue of a goddess in Japan. The construction of this gigantic statue was done in the year 1991.
There are many large statues of Buddha and mythical kings on the first floor. Visitors can reach the top of the statue at the 12th level and see the eight Buddhas that are kept in the display in timber cabinets when they walk down the stairs at each level. So all in all there are 108 buddha statues at this site.
6. Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin of Weishan: China
Height of Statue: 99 meters (325 feet)
Guishan Guanyin statue is the 6th tallest statue on the planet as well as the 4th tallest statue in China. This statue is made of gilded bronze which describes a bodhisattva expressing the empathy of all Buddhas.
With the help of localities and many religious organizations, the Ningshan County Government has collected approximately 260 million Yuan for the construction of this statue.
Guishan Guanyin is situated in Weishan, Changsha, Hunan, China. The construction of this amazing statue was completed in the year 2009. The Qianshou Qianyan Guanyin is also called Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes. It depicts Avalokitesvara, the Buddhist bodhisattva who embodies compassion.
7. Great Buddha of Thailand: Thailand
Height of Statue: 92 meters (302 feet)
The great Buddha of Thailand statue is also referred to by the people as The Big Buddha. Big Buddha is the world’s seventh tallest statue, South East Asia’s second tallest, and Thailand’s tallest statue.
The first monk head of Wat Muang Temple, Phra Kru Vibul Arjarakhun has ordered to build this statue in the year 1990 and it was completed in the year 2018. Statue was constructed in order to commemorate the King Bhumibol of Thailand which cost approximately 104 million baht.
Many Buddhists have donated money for the construction of the Great Buddha of Thailand. This statue is so tall that viewers can see this from a very far distance. Great Buddha of Thailand is located at Wat Muang, Wiset Chai Chan, Ang Thong, Thailand.
Phra Phuttha Mahanawamintra Sakayamunee Sri Visejchaicharn is the formal Sanskrit blended name of this statue which means “the Lord Buddha of Wiset Chai Chan, Built-in Honor of King Bhumibol”.
8. Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park: Japan
Height of Statue: 88 meters (289 feet)
Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park is also known as the Hokkaido Kannon statue that ranks eighth in our list of the world’s tallest statues. It is Japan’s third tallest statue. It took almost 14 years for the construction of this statue which was started in the year 1975.
There are more than 20 floors in this statue with the facility of an elevator. One can find shrines and places to worship on each floor. Hokkaido Kannon is located in Ashibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan.
9. The Motherland Calls: Russia
Height of Statue: 85 meters (279 feet)
The Motherland Calls statue is the world’s tallest statue of a woman and the ninth tallest in the entire world. The statue is a picture of Motherland calling its kids to fight for the country, attack the enemy and continue with their further attack.
It is located in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia. From an engineering point of the view, it is very complex because of its unique structure wherein there is a sword in the right hand which is raised high and on the other hand it is extended to depict that it is calling someone.
Sculptor, Yevgeny Vuchetich has designed The Motherland Calls statue and Nikolai Nikitin is the structural engineer. The construction of this statue took almost 8 years which initially started in May 1959 and at the time of its creation, it was the tallest sculpture in the world.
There are two hundred steps to reach the monument from the bottom of the hill which symbolizes the 200 days of the Battle of Stalingrad fought between Russia and Germany during the second world war.
10. Awaji Kannon: Japan
Height of Statue: 80 meters (260 feet)
Awaji Kannon which is also known as World Peace Giant Kannon is the tenth tallest statue in the world. Awaji Kannon is a giant statue located at Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. It was earlier an abandoned building that had a museum and a temple in Awaji Island.
The statue is positioned on a five-story building. The statue is dedicated to Kannon, a Buddhist goddess known as Guanyin in Chinese. It is located in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The construction of this statue was started in the year 1977.
Recently just one year back the statue and the surrounding area became the property of the Japanese government and they have announced that by end of 2022 the statue will be demolished.
There is no proper infrastructure for common people to reach there and also in February 2020 someone committed suicide by jumping off from the observation deck. Due to these reasons, the Japanese government has decided to abandon this project.