Leshan Dafo, also known as the Leshan Giant Buddha, is one of the world’s largest stone statues of the Buddha. It is carved into the cliff face and is 71 meters tall. The statue was conceived by a monk named Hai Tong and was placed at the intersection of three raging rivers: the Min River, the Qingyi River, and the Dadu River.
The Giant Buddha of Leshan
The Giant Buddha of Leshan; 樂山大佛/乐山大佛; Dafo is located in Sichuan, China. Construction of the statue started in 713AD and took approximately 90 years to complete. The Leshan Giant Buddha was built to protect the boaters who were on these three treacherous rivers.
Several drainage passages hidden in the Buddha’s hair, collar, chest, and holes in the back of his ears preventing the Buddha from serious erosion and weathering. He has been lovingly maintained on a regular basis throughout his 1,200-year history, but is still a bit mossy.
Visitors stare in awe at the Buddha from the tourist ferries and from a terrace next to his ear. On one side of the terrace is a modern statue of the monk Haitong, and behind is the Lingyun Temple Museumwith exhibits on the construction and renovations of Dafo.
The area surrounding the Leshan Giant Buddha is also littered with temples and a boat tour is available so you can get a great view of the entire Buddha on the river. It is easily accessible from either the city of Chengdu or the Mount Emei area.