Leshan Giant Buddah​

external image leshan-giant-buddha3%281%29.jpgThe leshan giant buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty. It's carved out of the face of the cliff that lies at the point were three rivers come together in the south part of Sichuan. This stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the river at his feet. The Leshan Giant Buddha is the lagest carved stoned buddha in the world.

The LeShan Gaint Buddah was started in the year 713. When the project funding was threatened, Shi Haitong,a monk of the Lingyun temple, gouged out his eyes to show his piety and sincerity for this project. After Haitong's death, however, the project was stuck. Until about 70 years later, jiedushi desided to sponsor this project, 20 years later the project was finshed by Haitong's disciples in the year 803.

REASON: The reason why the LaShan Gaint Buddha was made beacause, Haitong believed that by making this statue the budist god would calm the river because, of turbulents that made it dangorus for boats going down or up the river. These turbulents are made by the joining of the Minjiang, Dadu and the Qingyi Rivers. During the constuction of this giant, a large amont of stone from the cliff was removed and been placed in the river. This made the current of the river be altered, which made boating in the river alot safer.

staircase to the feet of the buddha
staircase to the feet of the buddha
The giant buddha is located near the point of the river, were the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi Rivers meet and also by the city of Leshan. It is 233 feet tall and is 28 metres wide from shoulder to shoulder.

How to get to it: One of the ways to get to the sculpture is by ferry, which travles across the river to the giant buddha. anothers way to veiw this giant is to get a closer look at it, you can take a cab or bus to it, there you can walk up and down the staircase that takes you down to the statues feet so you can see how big it is. The best out of both of these way to get to it, taking the ferry would be the best way because dring the afternoon a long line develups at the stairs going down, so the ferry is more convienent becuse it makes a 40 min round trip were as 10 min of the ride stops at the front of the statue so that the paasengers can get a good look at the statue from head to toe.

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