Statues have been quite dominant in prehistoric times. Their eminence has trickled into the modern world too. Usually, in the good olden days, statues were symbolic and built to commemorate a famous and notable person.
The current scenario is that the established statues in the world have become tourist attractions, where travelers, history buffs, and explorers visit to get insights into different people and historical events.
Another notable point is that these sculptures accentuate the existing prestige of a place. So, countries invest a lot to restore the already-built statues and monuments. Also, shell a lot of government wealth to build new and huge ones, like The Statue of Unity. (India)
Speaking of the tallest statues in the world, it is not the Statue of Liberty. In fact, to your surprise that this statue does not even come in the top 10 tallest statues in the world list.
So, I am not going to leave you hanging in the middle and help you discover all the tallest statues in the world.
Top 10 Statues in the World that are Unbelievably Tall
The list changes simultaneously with the construction of new or taller statues. According to 2022, I have listed the 10 tallest statues in the world.
1. Statue of Unity, India
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, or Sardar Vallabhai Patel, was a barrister, Indian politician, and significant activist who was a very important part of Indian independence. It was time that India honored one of the best historical icons.
So, to commemorate the Iron Man of India’s 143rd birth anniversary, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated his statue on October 31, 2018. This tallest statue in the world is built near the Kevadia colony in the state of Gujarat. (On the island of Narmada River.)
Although the project was announced in the year 2010, got completed in 2018 by the famed Indian company Larsen & Toubro. (Designed by none other than Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar.)
Details of the Statue – The height is 182 meters, including a base of 790 feet.
2. Spring Temple Buddha, China
The second tallest statue in the world is the Spring Temple Buddha. Before the construction of the Statue of Unity, it was recorded to be the tallest. This gargantuan Chinese statue is a significant symbol of the Vairocana Buddha. The construction of this statue commenced in 1997 and ended in the year 2008.
Moreover, you can find its location in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. The Buddha statue sits on a pedestal that has a height of 25 meters. Not to miss the engraved reverse swastika on its chest, which are the little intricacies. A hundred kgs of gold, 3300 tons of copper metal, and 1,500 tons of steel were used in its making.
You can also spot a flower base and two multistoried seats named diamond seat and Sumeru seat.
Details of the Statue – The height is 128 meters, including a base of 682 feet.
3. Laykyun Sekkya Buddha, Myanmar
This golden Gautama Budhha statue stands as the third tallest statue in the world. After 12 years of continuous construction, the statue was finally completed in the year 2008. Near the statue, there is a reclining Gautama Buddha statue, which is representative of Mahaparinirvana’s scene.
Not only is it huge, but it also has detailed carvings and works that are definitely going to leave you speechless.
Details of the Statue – The height is 116 meters, including a base of 424 feet.
4. Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan
Ushiku lands in the list of the tallest statues in the world. Its creation was over by the late 90s (1993). The statue is located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. In fact, it is not just the tallest statue, but it is also one of the highest monuments.
Moreover, bronze sheets are primarily used in their construction and have been welded to make them sturdy throughout. The statue is divided into various tiers, preciously 20, and each one of them has around 17 blocks.
Also, there is an elevator that will take you up to the 85 m to the observational floor. So, you will be enthralled by the picturesque vistas and the grandeur of this statue.
Details of the Statue – The height is 120 meters, including the base of 10 meters and the 10m lotus platform.
5. Statue of Belief, India
The value of Shiva (An Indian Deity) cannot be described in words. A major population of Indians follows this Hindu God unconditionally. I would be surprised if the country did not have a statue of their idol that doesn’t come in the list of the world’s tallest statues.
Also called the Statue of Trust or Vishwas Swaroopam, is constructed at Nathdwara in Rajasthan, India. Not many know about it, as it was opened to the public very recently on 29 October 2022.
In fact, this Shiva statue is the tallest in the world, and visitors can see it from as far as the distance of 20 kilometers. Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Limited made this vision of an Indian businessman Madan Paliwal come true.
Moreover, the depiction of Shiva here is that he is seated with crossed legs and a trishula in his left hand. As far as the mere creation of the statue, it is made of a cemented core, a structural steel body, sprayed liquified zinc, and copper coating all over.
Details of the Statue – The height is 112 meters, including the pedestal’s height of 34 meters.
6. Sendai Daikannon, Japan
This colossal statue, also known as the Sendai Tendou Byakue Daikannon, is the sixth-tallest statute in the world. It is the creation of Byakue Kannon, who bears a Cintamani gem in her hand. Located in Sendai, Japan, it symbolizes a “White-robed Kannon.”
Speaking of the impressive interiors of the statue, visitors can go upto the 12th level using an elevator. You will find huge mythical kings and Buddha figurines. In total, there are 108 figures, each displayed timber cabinets.
To get flabbergasted, you will have to pay a minimal entry fee, which will totally be worth it.
Details of the Statue – The height is 100 meters.
7. Guishan Guanyin, China
Guishan Guanyin of the Thousand Hands and Eyes is an eye-catching grand statue, which is located in Ningxiang, Hunan province in China. If you are in the country, there is no dearth of beautifully crafted tall statues. Guishan is fourth in the row of the tallest statues in the world list.
Where can you find it? Well, you can spot it at the Miyin Temple, which is a Chan Buddhist temple. Guanyin is a Bodhisattva that is linked to compassion (Karuṇā). Therefore, this bronze-festooned monument signifies the manifestation of the Bodhisattva Guanyin. (Known as Shiyimian Qianshou Guanyin.)
Finally, it took a whopping 260 million yuan to complete its creation by 2009. The Ningshan County Government, local businesses, and the country’s religious organizations pooled all the money to make it happen.
Moreover, this seventh-tallest statue in the world has 11 heads and a thousand arms. So, a visit here will flood you with a lot of information regarding Buddha.
Details of the Statue – The height is 99 meters.
8. The Great Buddha of Thailand
This gold-painted concrete statue is also known as The Big Buddha, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin, The Big Buddha of Thailand, and Mahaminh Sakayamunee Visejchaicharn.
It is located in the Ang Thong Province in the Wat Muang temple and was completed in 2008 (18 years).
If you look at the statue, Buddha is seated in a sitting position which is called as Maravijaya Attitude. Phra Kru Vibul Arjarakhun, who was the first monk of Wat Muang temple, ordered the construction of Asia’s second-largest statue.
It was to honor the King Bhumibol of Thailand that this statue came into existence. Another interesting fact about it is that its construction costs roughly 104,200,000 baht. And to learn merit, innumerable and dedicated Buddhists donated money for the same.
As the monument is clearly visible from far away, you will not be able to take your eyes off it.
Details of the Statue – The height is 92 meters.
9. Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park, Japan
Hokkaido Kannon, and Byakue Kannon are some of the other popular names of Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako Park. Its construction started in the year 1975 and was completed after 14 years. When it opened in 1989, it was the tallest statue in the world, but just after 2 years, it stepped down from the title.
Again in this particular monument, the statue depicts Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara), which is basically a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas. In fact, its location on the Hokkaido islands adds a lot of beauty to the statue.
Moreover, the statue has over 20 floors that accessible via an elevator. The entire place has shrines, places for people to worship, and an extended platform for anyone who wants to enjoy panoramic vistas.
Details of the Statue – The height is 88 meters.
10. The Motherland Calls, Russia
This is one of the tallest women’s sculptures in Volgograd, Russia. (That too without a pedestal!) So, the monument signifies “Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad” on Mamayev Kurgan and is the architectural giant of a monumental colossal.
Also, this statue’s emblematic significance is the motherland that is calling its sons and daughters to drive away the land’s enemies and continue the onslaught. If you see the statue, there is a figure of a woman who is stepping forward with a raised sword.
Not only is the monument highly complicatedly designed, but to your surprise, it is hollow from the inside. To make it sturdy, sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin created the statue with a combination of prestressed concrete and wire ropes.
Interestingly, the sculpture radiates and glows at night because of floodlights. Also, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the triumph over the Nazis. It was the year 2017 when the statue was resorted, repaired, and its ropes were changed to ensure its steadiness.
Details of the Statue – The height is 85 meters, and it resides on the hill of Mamayev Kurgan.
Besides these top 10, the next in line are The Motherland Monument in Ukraine, Aizu Jibo Dai Kannon in Japan, Tokyo Wan Kannon in Japan, African Renaissance Monument, and more.
Here is the final list of the tallest statues in the world. All these establishments are not only ancient but hold great historical significance. So, if you are an explorer, history buff, or inquisitive, all these places are paradise.
And if you happen to be there, don’t forget the seize the moment by clicking some photos. Needless to say, that do invest much time in learning about their history.