|Giant Buddha in Rong County |
The giant Buddha was engraved in Tang Dynasty. The Buddha faces north with the length of 36.67 m in total. It is an engraved sculpture on the cliff of a sitting Buddha Maitreya status in Buddhist kasaya — a kind of clothes for Buddhist monk. It is just inferior to the Giant Stone Buddha in Leshan, and it the second largest Buddha statue in China, the third one all over the world. The giant Buddha is grand and majesty, which is properly shaped with accurate proportions as its clothes veins is mellifluence. It has a kind expression and a strong sense of movement possessing natural grace. It is amazing that ancient Chinese artists and workers could make such a big statue with the simple tools they had at that time. In addition, it is an art treasure of stone sculptures in China wining the recognition all over the nation by its outstanding beauty, which described as “the Giant Stone Buddha in Leshan is grand, and that in Rong County is beautiful”. In 1956, People’s Government of Sichuan Province designated it as a cultural relic under the provincial protection.
The Temple of Giant Buddha occupied 2 ha with a proportion of 2,600 m2 of architecture. The temple is composed by Dadu Maitreya Palace, Daxiong Palace, Dizang Palace, Kwan-yin Palace, and Fangzhang Palace, Cangjing Pavilion, Famen Gate and some supportive constructions.