Built in 2017 in Guizhou Prefecture, south central China, is the Yang'asha statue, depicting the Goddess Of Beauty. Made from stainless steel, it stands 66 metres (217 ft) high upon a 22 metre (72 ft) pedestal, making it the ninth tallest statue in China.
20. Yang'asha Of Guizhou
Height: 70 metres (230 ft)
Completed in 2010, just to the north of Da Nang on the Son Tra Peninsula is the Son Tra Quan Am, depicting the Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess Of Mercy. Standing at 70 metres (230 ft) high it is the tallest statue in Vietnam, and the fourth tallest Guanyin statue in the world.
19. Son Tra Quan Am
Height: 71 metres (233 ft)
Constructed between 713 and 803 AD during the Tang Dynasty in Sichuan, central China, carved from the sandstone cliff face overlooking the Dadu River is the Leshan Giant Buddha. With a height of 71 metres (233 ft) it is the eighth tallest statue in China, the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world and by far the tallest pre-modern statue on the planet. Its historical importance has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
18. Leshan Giant Buddha
Height: 72 metres (236 ft)
Completed in 2016 in Shandong Province, China, between Shanghai and Beijing is the Confucius Statue Of Mount Ni. According to Chinese mythology, Mount Ni is where Confucius was born, abandoned and cared for by an eagle and tiger. With a height of 72 metres (236 ft) it is the seventh tallest statue in China, and the second largest non religious statue in the world.
17. Confucius Of Mount Ni
Height: 73 metres (240 ft)
Built in 1987, to the north of Nagoya on the outskirts of the small city of Kaga, Japan, is the Kagadera Temple, famed for the enormous golden Kaga Dai-Kannon. Standing at 73 metres (240 ft) high, towering above the surrounding buildings, it is the fifth tallest statue in Japan.
16. Kagadera Temple Dai-Kannon
Height: 76 metres (249 ft)
Completed in 2012 in Hong Kong is the Guanyin Statue, standing within the beautiful grounds of the Tsz Shan Monastery. At 76 metres (249 ft) high it is the joint fifth tallest statue in China and the third tallest statue to depict the Buddhist Goddess Of Mercy in the world.
15. Guanyin Statue In Tsz Shan Monastery
Height: 76 metres (249 ft)
Completed in 2012 in the Chinese Province of Anhui, to the west of the city of Shanghai is the statue of Dizang at Mount Jiuhua. At 76 metres (249 ft) high with a 23 metre (75 ft) pedestal it is the largest depiction of the Buddhist monk in the world and the joint fifth tallest statue in China.
14. Jiuhuashan Dizang Pusa
Height: 78 metres (256 ft)
Completed in 2005 in the extreme south of the country, at the southern end of the Chinese island of Hainan is the Guanyin Of Nanshan. Depicting the Bodhisattva Guanyin, the statue shows three different aspects of the Buddhist Goddess Of Mercy, one facing inland, the other two facing outwards to the South China Sea. At 78 metres (256 ft) high it is the second tallest Guanyin statue in the world and the fourth tallest statue in China.
13. Guanyin Of Nanshan
Height: 79 metres (259 ft)
Built in 1996 in Jiangsu Province, China, to the west of the city of Shanghai, is the Grand Buddha At Ling Shan. Depicting the Amitabha Buddha, weighing over 700 tons it stands upon a 9 metre (30 ft) high lotus flower at the top of a staircase of 217 steps. At a height of 79 metres (289 ft) it is the third tallest statue in China.
12. Grand Buddha At Ling Shan
Height: 80 metres (260 ft)
Completed in 1982 on the eastern coast of Awaji Island, at the western end of Osaka Bay, Japan, is the enormous Awaji Kannon Peace Statue. Standing at 80 metres (260 ft) high it was at the time of its construction the second tallest statue in the world. When completed the statue and the building it stands on was a museum and observation deck, though once the founder and his wife passed away the site was shut down. Abandoned and considered a safety hazard, no one is allowed into the structure. It is as of 2018 the fourth tallest statue in Japan.
11. Awaji Kannon Peace Statue
Height: 85 metres (279 ft)
Constructed in 1967 between Kazakhstan and Ukraine in the Russian city of Volgograd is the giant statue known as The Motherland Calls, sometimes referred to as Homeland Mother Is Calling. Built to commemorate the Heroes Of The Battle Of Stalingrad the statue stands 85 metres (279 ft) high, which at the time of its construction made it the tallest statue in the world. As of 2018 it was the second tallest statue in Russia and the tallest freestanding non religious statue in the world.
10. The Motherland Calls
Height: 88 metres (289 ft)
Built in 1989 on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is the Dai-Kannon Of Kita No Miyako, sometimes referred to as the Kita Dai-Kannon or the Hokkaido Kannon. Standing at 88 metres (289 ft) tall, the statue contains over 20 floors containing shrines and places of worship, as well as a panoramic viewing platform for visitors. At the time of its construction it was the tallest statue in the world. Having held that record for only two years, it is now only the third tallest statue in Japan.
9. Kita Dai-Kannon
Height: 92 metres (302 ft)
North of the capital city, Bangkok, completed in 2008 after 18 years of construction is the Great Buddha Of Thailand, sometimes known as the Big Buddha Of Thailand, among many other names. Standing a whopping 92 metres (300 ft) tall it is the tallest statue in Thailand and the second tallest in South East Asia after Myanmar's Laykyun Setkyar.
8. Great Buddha Of Thailand
Height: 98 metres (321 ft)
Constructed in 1997 in the Russian capital, Moscow, stands the Peter The Great Statue, built to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. Weighing 1,000 tons it stands 98 metres (321 ft) high, making it the tallest statue in Russia and Europe.
7. Peter The Great Statue
Height: 99 metres (325 ft)
Completed in 2009 in Hunan Province, China, is the Guishan Guanyin Of The Thousand Hands And Eyes. Depicting the Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, this mammoth bronze gilded statue with its forty arms stands 99 metres (325 ft) high, making it the second tallest statue in China.
6. Guishan Guanyin
Height: 100 metres (330 ft)
Completed in 1991 in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, north east of the capital, Tokyo, is the Sendai Daikannon, the tallest of any Kannon form statue in the world. Standing 100 metres (330 ft) high, the pure white gem bearing Nyoirin Kannon from Shingon Buddhism was at the time of its completion the tallest statue on Earth. As of 2017 it was the equal tallest statue in Japan. Visitors can take an elevator inside the statue for fantastic panoramic views of the area.
5. Sendai Dai-Kannon
Height: 100 metres (330 ft)
In the city of Ushiku, in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, to the north east of the capital, Tokyo, is the Ushiku Daibatsu, a statue depicting the Amitabha Buddha. Built in 1993 to commemorate the birth of Shinran, founder of the Jōdo Shinshū, or 'True Pure Land School Of Buddhism', this amazing construction is as of 2018 the fourth tallest statue on the planet. Inside the statue is a four storey building that operates as a museum. On the third floor are 3,000 golden Buddha statues, while the fourth floor observation deck, from 85 metres (279 ft) high offers visitors a view through the Buddha's chest across the adjacent flower garden. Standing 100 metres (330 ft) high, upon a 10 metre (33 ft) lotus throne that also stands upon a further 10 metre (33 ft) pedestal, it is the equal tallest statue in Japan.
4. Ushiku Daibatsu
Height: 116 metres (380 ft)
Construction began on the Laykyun Setkyar Buddha in 1995 in the village of Khatakan Taung, Myanmar, to the west of the city of Mandalay, and was completed thirteen years later in 2008. Standing upon a 13.5 metre (44 ft) throne, the statue of the Guatama Buddha itself has a height of 116 metres (380 ft), making it the tallest statue in Myanmar, and the second tallest statue on Earth. Visitors are able to enter the statue, of which the 31 floors (referring to the 31 planes of existence) showcase murals and paintings, each floor representing a realm of the life cycle.
3. Laykyun Setkyar Buddha
Height: 128 metres (420 ft)
Completed in 2008 in the Chinese Province of Henan, depicting the Vairocana Buddha is the Spring Temple Buddha, for ten years it was the worlds tallest statue. At the top of a giant staircase, the 1,000 ton copper cast statue stands an enormous 128 metres (420 ft) tall, upon a 25 metre (82 ft) high lotus throne. With the natural hill reshaped to form another pedestal, the entire monument stands an incredible 208 metres (682 ft) high.
2. Spring Temple Buddha
Height: 182 metres (597 ft)
Unveiled on the 31st October 2018, in the west of India directly north of the city of Mumbai is the Statue Of Unity, otherwise known as the Statue Of Patel. Representing independence movement leader and first Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardad Vallabhbhai Patel, known as the Iron Man of India, the statue stands a staggering 182 metres (597 ft) high. Surrounded by an artificial lake, with an estimated cost of some 420 million US Dollars, it is today the tallest statue in the world by a considerable margin.