One of Japan's Three Great Buddha Statues
Completed in 1832 after 38 years of construction, Gifu’s Great Buddha is 13.7 meters tall, is counted among Japan’s Three Great Buddha Statues, and is the largest in Japan to be made of lacquer.
Made using a large gingko tree as the base, the skeletal structure was made with wood while high-quality bamboo and clay were used to create the exterior. The statue was then covered entirely with Buddhist sutras, followed by applying golden leaf on top of the lacquer. The statue’s kind and solemn expression combined with the calming nature of the temple in which it sits make for a soothing, comfortable atmosphere.
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