List of Tallest Statues in the World – 2020

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If you are a lover of history, then the first thing other than monuments, you look for in a place are idolic references. In common words, I mean to say, statues. Statues add significantly to the cultural and historical aspects of any destination. For example, The statue of Sphinx in Egypt, surely tells that the mythological creatures were worshipped at that time; the statue of Christ, the Redemer at Rio de Janerio, is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world.

Ancient forts and temples are adorned with statues. Some are small and some are skyrocketing, but each has its own uniqueness in terms of art and style of sculpting. Every one of these statues has great stories.

If you are interested in knowing about the biggest statues in the world, Here is a curated list of the tallest statues of the world in descending order of height.

15 Tallest Statues in the World

Here is the list of tallest statues in the world that you must visit in your lifetime. This list is arranged in descending order of height. That means the Statue of Unity is the tallest statues in the world.

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Tallest statues in the worldCountryHeight
The Statue of UnityIndia182 meters
Spring Temple BuddhaChina128 meters
Laykyun Sekkya BuddhaMyanmar116 meters
Ushiku DaibutsuJapan120 meters
Sendai DaikannonJapan100 meters
The Guishan GuanyinChina99 meters
Great Buddha of ThailandThailand92 meters
Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako parkJapan88 meters
The Motherland CallsRussia85 Meters
Awaji KannonJapan80 Meters
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan Wuxi, Jiangsu, China79 Meters
Guanyin of Nanshan Sanya, Hainan, China78 Meters
Bronze statue of Dizang at Mount JiuhuaChina76 Meters
Guanyin statueHong Kong76 Meters
Garuda Wisnu Kencana statueIndonesia75 Meters

1. The Statue of Unity

The tallest statue of the world now belongs to India. The Statue of Unity is a tribute to one of the greatest leaders of India, Sardar Patel. Because of his efforts, the newly independent nation was not divided into smaller independent countries. He kept the unity of India intact.

The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. This statue is 182 meters tall and was completed within a span of 34 months and was unveiled on  Patel’s birth anniversary in 2018. The statue is one of the dear projects of Prime Minister Modi. Before, the Statue of Unity, the Spring Temple statue of Buddha was the tallest statue in the world.

Best time to visit:

Gujrat is hot during the summers till October. The ideal time to visit will be from November to March, the weather will surely be pleasant.

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How to reach:

This largest sculpture on earth is located in Kevadiya in Gujrat, India and you can reach by taking a train to Baroda and then a bus journey of 2 hours.

2. Spring Temple Buddha

In the second position comes the Spring Temple statue of Buddha. The statue is a clear depiction of Vairocana Buddha. The statue is located in the township of Zhacoun in Lushan County, in Henan, China. It was built between 1997 and 2008.

The height of the statue is 128 meters and has a 25 meters lotus throne. This statue derives its name from a nearby hot water spring named Tianrui hot spring which has restorative characteristics.

Best time to visit:

Henan is located in central China and has a dry-humid climate. The favorable time to visit will be during the months of December to March.

How to reach:

To reach the statue, your first priority is to book trains from any major city in China with the help of a local Mandarin-speaking guide and reach the closest town of Lushan. From there bus services are available.

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3. Laykyun Sekkya Buddha

This statue of Buddha located in Myanmar is considered to be the third tallest statue in the world. The statue is located in  Khatakhan Taung village near Monywa.

The height of the statue is 116 meters and the base is if 129.2 meters. The statue was completed within a span of 12 years and was unveiled on 21st February 2008. The Buddhist pagodas and parks near the statues are mesmerizing and totally Instagram worthy.

The statue has 31 floors inside and each depicts the 31 realms of life cycles as written in Buddhist scriptures.  In front of the standing statue, there is also the reclining statue of Buddha.

Best time to visit:

Monywa has a humid climate until November, and there is rainfall till October. The period between December to March will be favorable for visiting.

How to reach:

The best way to reach Khatankhan Taung village is by taking a bus from Monywa which is easily accessible by train or road from Mandalay.

4. Ushiku Daibutsu

This Buddhist statue located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan is the fourth tallest statue in the world.

The height of this Buddhist statue is 120 meters tall with a 10-meter lotus throne and an additional 10-meter base. The statue is made in bronze and was completed in  1993. The statue is a clear depiction of Amitabha Buddha. There is an elevator inside the statue which takes visitors to an observation floor. The statue is a tribute to the birth of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu or the “True Pure land school” of Buddhism.  

The statue resembles a four-story museum. The first level is a sooky dark lobby that plays music as one enters. The eerie lobby also has a bright light shaft as the centerpiece, beyond which the elevators take the visitors to the next floor.  The second level is called the “World of Thankfulness and Gratitude”. It more emphasized on Buddhist Scriptures. The third floor is called the “World of the Lotus Sanctuary” and has 3000 gold Buddhist statues. The final level is actually the windows looking out from the bosom of the statue towards the garden and the animal park.  

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit any place in Japan will be during the springtime of March and April. You shall the country blooming with cherry blossoms.

How to reach:

Ibaraki is well connected from Tokyo via trains. Once you reach Ibaraki, you can take a bus or a private jeep to Ushiku.

5.  Sendai Daikannon

This statue is considered to the tallest idol of Nyoirin Kannon deity. The statue of the Goddess is adorned with gems and located in Sendai, Japan.

The height of the statue is 100 meters and got completed in 1991. To the reach the zenith of the statue there is an elevator. The Bodhisattva Kannon is at the top which is rendition from the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

Best time to visit:

The spring months of February to April is the favorable time to visit Sendai.

How to reach:

To reach Sendai, take a flight to Tokyo and then reach Sendai via train. To visit the Kannon statue take a bus or a private car.

6.  The Guishan Guanyin

The Guishan Guanyin of the thousand eyes and hands is a sixth tallest statue in the world which has been gilded in bronze. In China, this Buddhist statue is considered to be the fourth tallest statue.

This tall idol is 99 meters tall and depicts the Avalokitesvara. The statue is located in Weishan village at Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. The statue was completed with the local government and religious institution’s monetary investment in 2009.

Best time to visit:

Hunan is located in southern China has a humid climate till October, the favorable time to visit Changsha will be during the winter months of December till February.

How to reach:

Changsha is connected by railways from Beijing and  Guangzhou city after which a bus or a car needs to be taken to reach Weishan village.

7. Great Buddha of Thailand

The Great Buddha of Thailand, which is also known as The Big Buddha, The Big Buddha of Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn is located in the Wat Muang temple in Ang Thong Province.

The construction of the statue started in 1990 and was completed in 2008. The statue is 92 m (300 ft) high and is 63 m (210 ft) wide.

Best Time to visit:

You can visit this Great Buddha of Thailand any time around the year. The peak tourist time to visit this place is from December to January. If you don’t wanna face the crowd, the best time to visit this place is November and February.

How to reach:

The Great Buddha Statue is situated in Ang Thong which is a small town near Suphan Buri. If you are visiting Bangkok, then you can easily visit this place.  In Bankok, you can catch a bus to Ang Thong from Mochit bus station and from Ang Thong bus stop take a bus to Wat Muang bus stop. After 10 Minutes, you will see the Great Buddha on your left-hand side. Stop the bus and get down. It will take 10 minutes to walk to reach the Great Buddha of Thailand.

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8. Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park

Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park
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Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park is also known as Hokkaido Kannon and Byakue Kannon. It is the third-largest statue in Japan and the tenth-tallest statue in the world. It was the tallest statue at the time it was opened in 1989 and was the tallest until 1991.

This monument depicts the bodhisattva Guanyin, or Avalokitesvara. The statue contains over 20 floors with an elevator and floors containing shrines and places of worship.

Best time to visit:

This statue is in Hokkaido, Japan. This place is a bit cooler than the rest of Japan. This place is worth visiting in both Winters and Summers, but Summers is the best season if you want to see Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park. So, the best months to visit this place is from April until August.

How to reach:

Hokkaido is in Japan that can be reached from flights. Flight from Tokyo takes around 1.5 hours. If you have time, then you can plan your trip by train. The only direct trains to Hakodate, Hokkaido are the overnight sleeper trains. It would take around 17 hours to reach there from Tokyo.

9. The Motherland Calls

The Motherland Calls or Rodina-mat’ zovyot! os also one of the tallest statues in the world. It was the tallest statue in 1967 at the height of 85 meters. It is also the tallest statue in Europe and the tallest statue of a woman in the world. This statue is dedicated to a woman representing the Motherland.

Best Time To Visit: The best time to visit ‘The Motherland Calls’ Sculpture is in months of May, September, and October. During these months, the weather remains fine with minimum rainfall.

How to reach: This statue is located on Lenina Avenue, Mamayev Kurgan, Volgograd 400005, Russia. Volgograd is accessible through flights and trains. You can board a flight to Volgograd International airport or take a train to Volgograd.

10. Awaji Kannon

Awaji Kannon or World Peace Giant Kannon is an 80 meters tall statue that sits on a 5 story pedestal building that is 20 meters tall. This statue depicts Kannon, the popular Buddhist goddess known in Chinese as Guanyin. This statue was built in 1982 by a local businessman, Toyokichi Okunai. Nowadays, the statue is considered a safety hazard. So, no-one is allowed inside.

How to reach: The statue is located right next to Route 28 that is the main road running down the coast from Higashiura towards Tsuna. It is located at a short drive south from the gardens and the Westin Awaji Island Resort. You can easily reach here from nearby places including Kobe, Himeji, Kyoto or Osaka.

11. Grand Buddha at Ling Shan

The Grand Buddha is located in the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan the southwest tip of Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. It has 79m height and the park in which it is situated spread over an area of 30 hectares (74 acres). It is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world as well as in China. This park is famous for this world’s largest bronze Buddha statue.

12. Guanyin of Nanshan

Guanyin of Nanshan is a 78 m statue (excluding the pedestal/building) of the bodhisattva Guanyin which is located on the south coast of China’s island territory Hainan near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya.

The Guanyin of Nanshan statue has three faces which are designed in such a way that one faces inland and two facing the South China Sea.

13. Bronze statue of Dizang at Mount Jiuhua

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The statue of  Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva at Mount Jiuhua is 76 m (249 ft) high. Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China and it is situated in Qingyang County, Chizhou City of Anhui Province.

14. Guanyin statue in Tsz Shan Monastery

Tsz Shan Monastery is the large Buddhist temple which is located in Tung Tsz, Tai Po District of Hong Kong. Guanyin statue is the Buddhist statue made of bronze which is located in this temple. It has 76 m (249 ft) height and it is the second-highest Buddhist statue in the world.

15. Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity and the tallest statue in Indonesia. The total height of this statue is 121 m including the 46-meter pedestal base. But the height of statue is 75 m (246 ft).

It was designed by Nyoman Nuarta and inaugurated in September 2018. 

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These are the tallest statues in the world that have remarkable structures.

Experts Answers on FAQs:

Q. Which is the largest statue in the world?

A. The Statue of Unity at a height go 182 meters is the tallest statue in the world. This statue is a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in India’s unity. It was inaugurated on October 31, 2018, that also marked the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Q. Where is the tallest statue in the world

A. Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. It has a height of 182 meters and is located in Gujrat, India.

Q. What is the height of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue?

A. Statue of Unity is the tallest statue of the world. It was made in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The height of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue or Statue of Unity is 182 meters.

Q. What is the height of the world’s tallest statue?

A. World’s tallest statue is the Statue of Unity. It has a height of 182 meters or 597 ft. The statue is built on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara.

Q. Which country has the tallest statue?

A. India has the tallest statue in the world. The statue of Unity located in Gujrat, India is the tallest statue with a height of 182 meters. The statue is built on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara.

Final Words

So, these are the tallest statues in the world. The new monument of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with a height of 597 feet (182 meters) is the tallest statue of the world which is located in Gujrat, India. If you are into monuments and history, you must visit these largest sculptures on earth once.

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