Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China.

The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2000. Visitors have to climb 268 steps to reach the Buddha.


The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed beginning in 1990, and was finished on 29 December 1993, the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion. The statue was formed out of 202 separate pieces of bronze. In addition to the exterior components, there is a strong steel framework inside the statue to support the heavy load.

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Sight & Sound of Kathmandu, Nepal

Sight & Sound of Kathmandu, Nepal

Short video of Kathmandu from the recent 'Nepal & Mt. Everest Photo Workshop' that I was co-leading with Outdoor Photo Journey.

Khumjung Gomba, Nepal


Khumjung Gomba is a buddhist teaching monastery. Khumjung (3970 m) is also home to the original Sir Edmund Hillary School situated in the heart of the village.

The monastery has a display of a scalp that purportedly came from a yeti. Like every tourist, I made a donation before I could get a glimpse of this yeti scalp that is locked inside a cabinet. I am no yeti expert but the furry object did look like something that came from an animal.