His Eminence Trizin Tsering Rinpoche initiated the erection of World’s largest Buddha statue to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bhutanese monarchy and celebrate the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
The place chosen was Kuensel Phodrang in the mountains overlooking the country’s capital, Thimpu.
By all means, it will possibly be the Eighth Wonder of the World as the statue is 169 feet – 51 m tall seated within the Buddha field or Pureland represented by the mandala in the background.
The statute houses 10,000, 8 inches statues and 25,000, 12 inches statues made in copper and gilded in gold. These are placed in multi-layered grid boxes. Names of each of the sponsors are separately inscribed on copper plates and are displayed in the meditation hall.
The total cost of the project was supposed to be US Dollars 100 million when the project started in 2006, with the statue itself costing 47 million. It was supposed to be completed in Oct 2010. By September 2015, when it opened most of the work has been completed but still, a lot of work is pending.
The outer walls of the meditation hall are adorned with beautiful murals. On all sides of the statue there are beautiful statues of dancers in various poses.
Legend has it that in the 12th century, Sonam Zangpo, a learned and well-known yogi had prophesied that a statue of the Lord would be built in the region to bestow blessings and happiness to the world. Guru Padmasambha, the learned Guru from India had also prophesied this.
If you are in Thimpu, this is a very nice trek and it takes roughly about 2 hours to reach the top. Under the eyes of the huge Buddha is the nature reserve. In case you are not the walking types you could take a taxi right up to the top.
This place also offers amazing views of Thimpu below particularly at sunrise and in the evening at sunset.