The Tian Tan Buddha statue is the world's largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Big Buddha statue. Located on the Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, this majestic statue is adjacent to Ngong Ping 360's Ngong Ping Village and the Po Lin Monastery.
Constructed from 202 bronze pieces, the Tian Tan Buddha statue weighs over 250 tonnes and soars 34 metres into the air. This impressive landmark opened in 1993 and is considered the major centre for Buddhism in Hong Kong; it is also a major tourist attraction for the region.
Sitting atop 268 steps, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is positioned on a lotus throne, surrounded by eight smaller bronze statues representative of the gods, or immortals. The statue is so named as its base is a model of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
The Buddha Statue's right hand is raised, representing the removal of affliction; his left hand rests on his knee, signifying human happiness. While most Buddha statues face South, Tian Tan casts his serene gaze towards the North, making this statue unique amongst its peers.
Accordingly to the travel statistics, the Tian Tan Buddha statue attracts over one million visitors every year since its opening.