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Old October 8th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #1
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My visit to the world’s tallest statue

Yesterday I visited the world’s tallest statue, a huge standing Buddha 120 metres (394 ft) tall. It is located in Ushiku city, some 50 kms to the northeast of Tokyo.
Once you arrive in Ushiku station, you get on bus (500 yen, ouch!) that takes you to the statue in about 25 minutes.















The Buddha is located in a pleasant park in what seems to be a quite popular Sunday ensoku spot for people living in north Kanto. There’s a Japanese-style garden, an area for kids and of course, souvenir shops. Oh, I also saw about 8-10 people from India/Sri Lanka, I can’t tell.



Goooong!







The statue itself is 100 metres tall, plus a 10 m lotus and the base, 120 in total.



It is really massive. Completed in 1992, it was funded and built by a company called Kawada Industries http://www.kawada.co.jp/global/index.html It weights 4,000 tons.



Once inside, first you’re led into a room with optic-fiber lit, colourful buddhas… not exactly what you expect to be honest Then, you walk to the next floor where several construction pictures are in exhibition:







A thumb in scale 1:1



From this level you take the lift to the 5th floor, which actually is about at 85 metres tall.
Unfortunately, there’s no real observatory on the top but several narrow gaps; this is the best pic I could take from it





Back at the base of the statue, on the 3rd floor there’s a golden room with 3,300 buddhas, quite impressive.









The statue is expected to become bronze-green in several decades time.



From the base observatory:









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Old October 8th, 2007, 01:56 PM   #2
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Location http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&...&t=h&z=18&om=1
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Old October 10th, 2007, 09:20 AM   #3
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it's so strange, it is the tallest statue in the world yet it has a weird illusion in that it looks pretty small. The mother Russia statue and the other Russian one at first glance look far taller, but apparently not!
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Old October 10th, 2007, 11:34 PM   #4
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impressive statue, thx for the pics Vapour
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Old October 11th, 2007, 02:36 AM   #5
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That's pretty cool
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wooow it is very huge!!!!
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Old October 12th, 2007, 05:55 PM   #8
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Thank you all.
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Great how the heck does someone build something like this!!!!!!!!!
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Actually the worlds tallest statue is the Spring Temple Buddha in China. Standing at 153 meters (502 ft), it is 33 meters taller than the Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdcl8NiCa38
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I guess in decades time, it will be like Statue of Liberty
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how to get here from tokyo? thanks!
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