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Unification Buddha at Seoraksan National Park
Korea

The Great Unification Buddha in Seoraksan National Park, South Korea. The Buddha is the largest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world, at 14.6m high, excluding the halo, lightning rod and pedestal.

The statue's name, Tongil Daebul, means 'Unification Buddha', and it was built to symbolise the Korean people's hope for the reunification of North and South Korea. The statue cost ₩3.8 billion won (US $4.1 million) to erect, which was raised over a decade, with the construction being completed in 1997.

The Great Unification Buddha sits on a lotus pedestal, which is flanked with 16 inscribed panels that tell of the entire path of Buddha's enlightenment through the words of the Bodhisattva, messengers of Buddha's teaching. Including the pedestal, the total statue height is 18.9m, and has a total weight of 108 tons.

Below the sitting Buddha statue is a temple dedicated to the bodhisattva thousand-armed and eyed Avalokiteśvara. Avalokiteśvara means "Lord who looks down", and is a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

In front and to the right of the Unification Buddha are two small shops that sell candles people can buy. After lighting the candle, it would then be placed in one of the two cabinets in front of the Buddha statue.

In the nearby area can be seen many walkers - Seoraksan is a popular area for hiking, with many mountain trails and beautiful views from the mountains. Korea is a mountainous country, with around two thirds of the country being mountains or uplands, and hiking is a popular pass-time among South Koreans.

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Uploaded: 12/11/2011
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Tags: seoraksan national park; unification buddha; sitting bronze reunification buddha; sinheungsa temple; asia; south korea; gangwon-do; sokcho-si; seorak-dong; buddhism
  • jen about 1 year ago
    Thank you for the post. I was looking high and low for the name of the temple below the Great Buddha. I saw the exact statue of Avalokiteśvara in my dream prior to my visit to Korea. When I went down n saw the temple... i was shocked when halfway in, I saw things exactly in my dream. I think Avalokiteśvara knows I dont dare to anyhow pray at foreign place because I am worried I might be praying to the wrong buddha etc... i asked the tour guide and none of them know that there's a temple below the sitting Buddha. Searched the www but so far, its only the bigger temples appearing in the search returns.
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