12 highest statues in the world

By dorotix, July 23rd 2009 in Travel Destinations Comments (46)

Megalomania, devotion to religion, commemoration of historic events...various motives make people build spectacular and huge statues. The highest monuments mainly depict the various representations of Buddha and are located in mainland Asia and Japan.


12. Awaji Kannon. Japan.

Height: 80 m (262 ft)

The Awaji statue is believed to be one of the ugliest effigies of Kannon or Avalokitesvara, a widely worshipped divinity in Japan, which has its male and female versions (Guanyin in China). It is located on Awaji Island, one of the oldest settlements in Japan.

The statue stands on 20 m (65.5 ft) pedestal, so in total it is 100 m (328 ft) high.

Excuse me for starting with one of the most unsightly statues in the world, but this is how it goes by height. I promise the subsequent colossi are much better looking than the first one.


11. Mother Motherland Calls. Russia.

Height: 85 m (279 ft)

Mother Motherland Calls Statue in Russia

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In 1967, when the statue was completed, it was the tallest sculpture in the world. The memorial is located in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd. It symbolizes the Battle of Stalingrad that took place between July 1942 and February 1943, during the World War II, between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The statue emerged in commemoration of the Soviet victory.

The battle lasted 200 days and therefore there are 200 steps that lead to the statue. Some sources say that the Winged Victory of Samothrace was used as an inspiration for the construction of the monument.


10.Dai Kannon. Japan.

Height: 88 m (289 ft)

Dai Kannon, Hokkaido, Japan

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One of the tallest statues, called by locals Byakue Kannon, also depicts Avalokitesvara. The figure is located in Kita no Miyako park in Hokkaido. The construction of the statue was completed in 1989.

Between the 6th and 20th floor there are eight worship places and near the top there is a platform where visitors can admire the panoramic views of the area.


9. Ling Shan Grand Buddha. China.

Height: 88 m (289 ft)


The Grand Buddha stands in the historic city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The construction of the huge (700 tones) bronze statue was completed in 1996. The statue's name derives from the Ling Shang area, where the Buddha is situated.

The statue is located near the famous Tang Dynasty Xiangfu Temple, a thousand-year-old complex and one of the most important temples in China.


8. Great Buddha of Thailand. Thailand. 

Height: 92m (300ft)

The Great Buddha statue, located in Ang Thong, one of the central provinces in Thailand, was completed in 2008. The huge statue remains a little mystery as there is little information about the monument. Let us know if you see it, picture it or have some information about the statue. It would be great if you could share it with us.


7. Peter the Great Statue. Russia.

Height: 96 m (315 ft)


The statue of Peter the Great (located in Moscow), an absolute ruler of Russia in 17th/18th c., is also considered to be one of the most hideous buildings in the world (in 2008 it was voted the tenth ugliest monument by Virtual Tourist). Well...in my opinion it is not as bad as the Awaji Kannon.

Anyway, no wonder the sculpture is a little lame since initially it was to be Christopher Columbus. The statue's creator - a controversial Georgian artist, Tsereteli- intended to make a monument depicting the discoverer of America and sell it to the USA, but the project was rejected by the US Government. So the sculptor replaced the statue's head and sold it to Russia as a statue of Peter.


6.Sendai Daikannon. Japan.

Height: 100 m (328 ft)

Sendai Daikannon stands in Sendai, the largest town in the Tōhoku region in Japan. It was built by one of the Japanese companies in the 1980s, during the bubble economy period, in order to avoid taxes. Therefore, many locals loath the statue - some believe that it is a symbol of greed rather than faith.

Still it is a great tourist attraction as visitors can be taken to the top by an elevator to admire the spectacular panoramic views of the city.


5. Emperors Yan and Huang Statue. China.

Height: 106 m (348 ft)

Emperors Yan and Huang in China

Credit: Xinhua


The statue of Yan and Huang, the ancient emperors who are believed to be the ancestors of the Chinese nation, emerged in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. The construction lasted 20 year and it was completed in 2007.

The first of the Emperors, Yan, lived in the country about 4,000 years ago. It is said that he was a descendant of Shennong, the first Chinese tribe. Huang, also called the Yellow Emperor, is a legendary hero and one of the famed Five Emperors of China.


4.Nanshan Haishang Guanyin. China.

Height: 108 m (354 ft)

Guan Yin statue in China



Guanyin Statue is the second tallest statue in China. It is located on Hainan, a tropical Chinese island and a famed seaside resort. It depicts Bodhisattva Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy.
The monument has three sides of which one is facing inland and two sides are oriented toward the South China Sea.

The construction lasted six years and the opening ceremony took place in April 2005. 108 monks from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao attended the opening with the participation of thousands of pilgrims .


3. Ushiku Daibutsu. Japan.

Height: 110 m (361 ft)


The Japanese Ushiku Daibutsu, also called the Great Buddha of Ushiku, is located in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, and it depicts Amitabha Buddha. The giant statue weighs 4000 tones; just to imagine how big it is - only its face is 20 m (65.5 ft) long which is almost half the length of the Statue of Liberty (46m)!

Inside the statue there is a museum and visitors can take an elevator that reaches the altitude of 85 m.


2. Laykyun Setkyar. Myanmar.

Height: 116 m (380 ft)


The runner up in this unofficial highest statue competition is Laykyun Setkyar located in Khatakan Taung village, near Monywa, Myanmar. in the picture above that was taken in 2006, i.e., ten years after the commencement of the statue's construction, you can see a steel framework prepared for the figure. 

The opening ceremony took place in February 2008. Since then the statue has become one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. 


1. Spring Temple Buddha. China.

Height: 128 m (420 ft)


Although it is the highest statue in the world, it may be soon conquered by Maitreya Buddha, a 152 m (500 ft) bronze statue, which is planned to be constructed in northern India. Until then, the Spring Temple Buddha can enjoy being the world's highest statue.

The statue that was built at Jiuhua Mountain in central China depicts Vairocana Buddha.
The Buddha is standing on 25 m (82 ft) pedestal which adds extra meters to the statue itself (153 m/ 502 ft in total). Moreover the hill on which the statue is placed has been reshaped and two additional pedestals have been formed. As a result the Buddha's total height is 208 m (682 ft).



  1. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:08 PM

    #8: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/22483886

  2. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:21 PM

    Erh... nice one guys. The STATUE of Liberty is 305ft tall and its not listed.

  3. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:33 PM

    no the statue itself is much smaller: 46 m (151 ft)

  4. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:34 PM

    It's 305ft tall with the base, 151 ft tall without it.

  5. It's me Jul 23, 2009 3:36 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty says:

    The statue is 151 ft (46 m) tall, but with the pedestal and foundation, it is 305 ft (93 m) tall.

    I've been to Mother Motherland Calls near Volgograd 10 years ago and it was very impressive. Huge!

  6. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:37 PM

    No, the Statue of Liberty is only 151ft tall. It is just sitting on a 154ft pedestal and foundation.

  7. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:41 PM

    I've never heard of these statues so the the Statue of Liberty definitely wins the 'most famous statue' award

  8. Guest Jul 23, 2009 3:44 PM

    Guan Yin and Kannon are not considered goddesses/gods they are celestial Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. They are typically depicted next to the historical Buddha, Siddhartha (Sakyamuni), and the future Buddha - Maitreya.
    In all respective cultures listed they are considered the divine Buddha of mercy (those dances with women showing the many arms is Kannon/Guan Yin).
    Laykyun Setkyar is the historical Buddha, when he is depicted on his side it is because he is about to embrace death and enter pari-nirvana.

  9. Guest Jul 23, 2009 7:30 PM

    What about the giant statue of Jesus that overlooks Rio de Janero?

  10. Guest Jul 23, 2009 7:46 PM

    that one is just about 38 metres (120 ft) tall with its pedestal

  11. Guest Jul 23, 2009 8:13 PM

    statue of liberty is only famous to americans

  12. Guest Jul 23, 2009 8:37 PM

    How exactly does the fact that you (guest) haven't heard of these, but have heard of the Statue of Liberty make it the most famous in the world?

    That makes zero logical sense and is incredibly egocentric.

  13. Guest Jul 23, 2009 9:51 PM

    Sorry, that's America for you.
    I don't know if things changed much since I was in high school in Virginia, but world history was not taken seriously by most of my peers. And wasn't taught seriously either.

  14. Guest Jul 23, 2009 10:36 PM

    sweet list dudes

  15. Guest Jul 24, 2009 2:30 AM

    12 tallest statues. If you really meant highest, you would have given their elevation.

  16. Guest Jul 24, 2009 3:08 AM

    and "christ the redeemer" and the statue of liberty?

  17. hamid Jul 24, 2009 9:53 AM

    what about those huge rocky heads in the U.S?

  18. armadillo Jul 25, 2009 11:55 PM

    Dude, What about the crazy horse monument?

  19. yoshi Jul 27, 2009 2:37 PM

    oh my Ushiku Daibutsu! He enjoyed tallest position for a while....

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  21. Travel planners Aug 2, 2009 5:57 AM

    Awesome they are. Buddha statues dominates the list. Buddha stand tall.

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  24. Born in the USSR Nov 29, 2009 3:55 AM

    11. Mother Motherland Calls, USSR - best and the most original.
    And the most majestic!

  25. May Feb 22, 2010 11:15 AM

    Laykyun Setkyar is located at Monywa, Myanmar.It is built for a long time.So many people built that.My father is one of them

  26. Me Mar 11, 2010 1:58 PM

    I guess the tallest statue in the world is Budha in Bamiyan which is 300m hight.it has been destructed some parts by taliban but its still being worked on reconstructing it..

  27. guest May 19, 2010 12:08 PM

    i love statue! My friend and i are doing a
    project about statues.

  28. TIRTHA Jun 8, 2010 4:19 AM

    It is really a beautiful collection of statues. I have enjoyed it.-Tirtha(Sandhipur,Howrah)

  29. Nueng Aug 3, 2010 1:58 AM

    Here is the link to see the biggest buddha in Thailand. The number 8 of the world now.


  30. The Buddha's Face Sep 25, 2010 5:04 AM

    Love your list - especially the big Buddhas .

    Many thanks for sharing

  31. athensdrivehs Nov 15, 2010 9:31 PM

    love the list of statues, wish i could visit them all. i love the russian one called the mother motherland, it is the most beatiful statue that i have seen.

  32. David Goorney Dec 24, 2010 2:44 AM

    Yes the highest statue in the world is indeed the Spring Temple Buddha

  33. Guest Jan 4, 2011 11:18 AM

    Who gives a shit about the statue of liberty...look at the damn buddha, its HUGE.

  34. guest Mar 10, 2011 7:22 AM

    yep...definitely LOVE the buddha's, go buddha go

  35. guest Mar 10, 2011 7:24 AM

    i hate the American statue 'statue of liberty' infact it depicts the opposite of everything in America.....

  36. Ross Mar 23, 2011 4:25 AM

    Looks like we’ve fallen behind with our statues in the west. We compensate in North America by never mentioning anything but the Statue of Liberty in the U.S and on rarer occasions, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. We Christians have to get it together, when all major denominations are totalled, we’re allegedly the world’s largest religion, where as Buddhism is only the 3rd or 4th (in fact it might only be fifth if you count agnostics and atheists as one big “religion.”) I guess losing this race to the Buddhists is better than the Communists kicking are butts with giant monuments but nonetheless we have to close the statue gap. (Please don’t bother pointing out that many of the giant statues depicted above are built in Communist China, I know that already, my point is they aren’t statues celebrating Communism.) Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about the number two biggest religion, Islam entering the game since they are religiously prohibited from making images. They prefer building super big sky scrapper luxury hotels (another race we Westerners are losing by the way.) Anyway, if we all pitch in 5 dollars each or have a bottle drive or something we should be able to build a pretty big statue of Jesus somewhere. Maybe one in New York, facing Wall Street, wagging his finger with his old “eye of the needle” line inscribed on the base. Of course it might be hard to find wealthy donors for a project like that. LOL

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  38. azin Dec 25, 2011 9:07 AM

    the tallest statue is christ the king of rie de jenrio

  39. Raymond Conder Mar 8, 2012 10:52 AM

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  40. Guest Mar 9, 2012 7:19 PM

    What about the renaissance statue in Dakar, Senegal?

  41. razz Mar 25, 2012 4:50 PM

    where is the christ statute...........

  42. Guest Apr 26, 2012 8:01 PM

    Omg So long names

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  46. clint Dec 4, 2014 2:16 PM

    statue of unity will make make indians proud 182m :D

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