The Worlds Largest Stone Buddha – Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan Province, China

Leshan Buddha Sichuan
May 8th, 2013

The Leshan Giant Buddha (乐山大佛 Lèshān Dàfó) is located at the confluence of three rivers (Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi) in Sichuan province near Mount Emei.

This 71m tall Maitreya Buddha was originally designed by a Monk named Hai Tong. He hoped that by carving the giant buddha and leaving the rubble at the bottom of the cliff it would tame the forces of the rivers and prevent the many boat accidents. It took over 90 years to carve what is the worlds biggest stone buddha due to funding troubles, although it was finally completed by Haitong’s disciples in 803AD. In it’s original form it was said to be covered in gold and gems, all of which have been stolen since.

Getting to Leshan Giant BUddha: 2 hour drive (160km) from Chengdu. Or by Train you can get to Emei train station (Mt Emei is 10km from Emei train station).

It costs 90 Yuan to enter the scenic area or 70 Yuan for the boat ride (although, note on misty days – of which there are plenty in Sichuan – boats may not run) and you may want to walk up to get close like we did.

A local saying goes along the lines of: “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. It is easy to see why, here is the head of the buddha looking over the crowds on the other side…


and these are the crazy winding stairs down to the bottom…IMG_4194 IMG_4191IMG_4187 IMG_4177 IMG_4170 IMG_4166IMG_4193



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