The Buddha of a Thousand Arms

The massive multi-armed wooden statue of Buddha in the Puning Temple. This is the world's largest wooden buddha. It stands 22 meters tall and weighs 110 tons. At 6 stories tall it's unimaginable big for a pre-mechanized construction. For an extra ticket you can go up some very dark narrow steep steps to the 2nd floor for a closer view. On the hallway's outside their are 1000's and 1000's of tiny bodhisattva's lining the wall.


The 1000 arms comes from the fact that while the Buddha has 42 arms, 40 of them are unclasped; this combined with the 25 worlds in Buddhism equals a thousand.


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  • Lori - Learning Junkie 4y

    Love this PoV and the light. Fascinating shot.
  • MSSQUID 4y

    Totally incredible! You've captured such a lovely photo but I bet it's even more amazing to see in person.
  • pfly 4y

    It looks like some of the upper surfaces are covered with dust...or is that an illusion?
  • Mark Griffith 4y

    This was one of the most amazing things I saw on our trip, awe-inspiring! Yes those are layers and layers of dust.
  • cmrowell 4y

    So amazing. Felt the same way about the ones we saw in Japan. Can't imagine how they were built so long ago.
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