Two Buddha statues, in Cam Mountain in An Giang Province and Ta Cu Mountain in Binh Thuan Province, have been recognized as record-setting in size by the Asia Book Of Records.
The Maitreya Buddha on Cam Mountain in An Giang province is declared the largest Maitreya Buddha statue in Asia.
The information was confirmed on March 2 by the India-based Asia Book of Records organisation. The Maitreya Buddha statue on Cam Mountain set the record as the biggest Maitreya Buddha statue on the mountain, which is 33.60 metres high, and the ‘Buddha’s entering Nirvana’ statue in Binh Thuan Province made the record as the longest statue on mountain.
The representative from the Asia Book of Records will visit the two statues by the end of April to award the certifications.
The ‘reclining Buddha’ statue The reclining Buddha statue with his back against the cliff, is 49 metres long, 12.2 metres high, from the shoulder to the ground. The 49 metres long represents the 49 years since Lord Buddha’s awakening until his passing.
The statue was built between 1963 and 1966, and designed by architect Truong Dinh Y.
Representatives of the Asia Book of Records plan to visit the sites and award the certificates in April.
Earlier in 2006, these two mountaintop Buddha statues were included in the Vietnam Book of Records for their giant sizes.
It is expected that the establishment of these two statues as Asian records will have a dramatic effect on and improve the local tourism industry.