Leshan, Chengdu

3 May 2010 - 9:39pm Comments Off

Leshan (meaning “happy mountain”) is a prefecture-level city located at the confluence of Dadu and Min rivers in the Sichuan province of the People’s Republic of China. Leshan is on the southwestern fringe of the Red Basin in southern Sichuan, about 120 km from Chengdu.

The Leshan Giant Buddha  was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan.

The Leshan Giant Buddha, 233 feet tall!

Construction was started in AD 713 (1300 years ago), led by a Chinese monk named Haitong. He hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels travelling down the river. When funding for the project was threatened, he is said to have gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. Construction was completed by his disciples 90 years later.

The shoulders are 28 metres wide!

At 71 metres (233 feet) tall, the statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees. His shoulders are twenty-eight metres wide and his smallest toenail is large enough to easily accommodate a seated person. There is a local saying: “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. This is partially because the mountain range in which the Leshan Giant Buddha is located is thought to be shaped like a slumbering Buddha when seen from the river, with the Leshan Giant Buddha as its heart.

For more information about tours to Leshan, please contact discovery@kechara.com or call +603 7803 3546.

A person can sit comfortably on the Buddha's toenail!

Entrance to the Leshan Buddha Park

The monk Haitong

The Monk Haitong Cave

The Buddha's Parinirvana

Looking up to the 'heavens'

Although weather-beaten and worn...

... the ancient statues still stand till today...

... 1300 years later!

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