In pictures: how Hong Kong’s Big Buddha statue was built on Lantau Island

Twenty-five years ago the giant Buddha statue was ceremonially unveiled at the Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Lantau. Post photographers chronicled the stages of its construction

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2018, 7:17am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2018, 7:17am

The Big Buddha that gazes down serenely on visitors to the Po Lin Monastery at Ngong Ping on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island opened to the public 25 years ago. Thirty-four metres (112 feet) high and weighing more than 250 tonnes (276 tons), the statue has since become one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Many visitors climb the 268 steps to its podium to see the statue up close and take in the view.

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The Tian Tan Buddha, as it is also known, looks north towards China, where its 202 bronze sections were cast by a producer of satellites and space rockets in a process that took three years.

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We look back at how Post photographers captured the Big Buddha’s construction.