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Re: Super large temples

Post by DNS » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:33 pm

The Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏), located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is one of the world's tallest statues and the second tallest Buddha statue in the world. Completed in 1995, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddha and is plated with bronze. It is also known as Ushiku Arcadia (Amida's Radiance and Compassion Actually Developing and Illuminating Area).

Since different Buddha statues are used across all Buddhist traditions and since the artistic look between Amitabha and the historical Buddha are so similar, it can also be seen and considered as a statue of Buddha, too.

Weight: 4000 tons
Length of Left Hand: 18.0m
Length of Face: 20.0m
Length of Eye: 2.5m
Length of Mouth: 4.0m
Length of Nose: 1.2m
Length of Ear: 10.0m
Length of the First Finger: 7.0m

Inside the statue itself is a four story building, which serves as a kind of museum.

Level 1: Infinite Light and Infinite Life

The first floor lobby is dark, and as you enter new age music floats toward you from the darkness. In the center of the room a single shaft of light shines from above onto a cauldron of smoking incense. If you walk past that you'll find the elevator to the other floors.

Level 2, 10.0m: World of Gratitude and Thankfullness

Mostly dedicated to scribe studies

Level 3, 20~30.0m: World of the Lotus Sanctuary

3000 samples of gold Buddha statues can be seen

Level 4, 80~85.0m: Room of Mt. Grdhrakuta

Also on the fourth floor are windows which look out from the buddha's chest on to the adjacent flower garden and small animal park.

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Re: Super large temples

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Wat Pho

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Re: Super large temples

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46 meter long Reclining Buddha (151 ft)

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Wat Pho (Thai: วัดโพธิ์), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon วัดพระเชตุพน) or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand, located in the Rattanakosin district directly adjacent to the Grand Palace. Its official full name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลาราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร). The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

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Prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.

During the Rama III restoration, plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple. These received recognition in the Memory of the World Programme on 21 February 2008, according to Thailand's Government Public Relations Department. The temple was created as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with the work beginning in 1788. The temple was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III, and was restored again in 1982. In 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was established.

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Prior to the temple's founding, the site was a centre of education for traditional Thai medicine, and statues were created showing yoga positions.

During the Rama III restoration, plaques inscribed with medical texts were placed around the temple. These received recognition in the Memory of the World Programme on 21 February 2008, according to Thailand's Government Public Relations Department. The temple was created as a restoration of an earlier temple on the same site, Wat Phodharam, with the work beginning in 1788. The temple was restored and extended in the reign of King Rama III, and was restored again in 1982. In 1962 a school for traditional medicine and massage was established.

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Wat Ratchanadda

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Wat Ratchanaddaram (Thai: วัดราชนัดดาราม) is a Theravada Buddhist temple (wat) located at the intersection between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Mahachak Road, in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok. Meaning Royal Niece, the temple was built to the order of King Nangklao (Rama III) for Mom Chao Ying Sommanus Wattanavadi (หม่อมเจ้าหญิงโสมนัสวัฒนาวดี) in 1846.

The temple is best known for the Loha Prasat (โลหะปราสาท), a one of a kind in structure Thailand. The pagoda is a replica of the Loha Prasat built in India. It is 36 m high and has 37 metal spires, signifying the 37 virtues toward enlightenment. In the past, Loha Prasat was hidden behind an old movie theatre named Chalerm Thai. The theatre were demolished in 1989 as a project to improve scenery along Ratchadamnoen Road.

In 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future World Heritage Site.

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Hsi Lai Temple, Los Angeles

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Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple (Chinese: 佛光山西來寺; pinyin: Fóguāngshān Xīlái Sì) is a mountain monastery in the northern Puente Hills, Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California. Completed in 1988, it is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Western Hemisphere. The name "Hsi Lai" means Coming West.

Hsi Lai Temple is affiliated with Fo Guang Shan, a Buddhist organization from Taiwan. It is the order's first overseas branch temple, and serves as the North American regional headquarters for Fo Guang Shan. Hsi Lai Temple was the site of the founding of Buddha's Light International Association, established in 1991. The temple, like its mother temple in Taiwan, practices Humanistic Buddhism.

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The Arahant Garden meant to represent Vulture Peak at Hsi Lai, Los Angeles

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Nan Tien Temple, Australia

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Chung Tian Temple, Queensland, Australia

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Re: Super large temples

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