• Short Summary

    Some of the world's largest statues of Budha and Taoist deities can be found in the predominantly Buddhist populated Taiwan.

  • Description

    Some of the world's largest statues of Budha and Taoist deities can be found in the predominantly Buddhist populated Taiwan.

    One of the tallest is the 72-foot-high (about 23 meters) Budha at Changhua, central Taiwan. Other religious statues of equally impressive heights are scattered throughout the country.

    A temple in the northern port of Kaohsiung, for example, houses a 50-foot-high (about 15 meters) statue of Chih-kung -- a light-hearted Robin Hood character from a medieval novel who descended from Budha to save the world.

    These and other deities such as the Goddess of Mercy and the Goddess of the Sea are built from public donations. Most of them were built after 1949 when the nationalists came over from China.

    Apart from providing the 16 million Taiwanese a place of worship, these temples have attracted thousands of overseas visitors each year.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABORNNV4V214OOCJ4S87I7BGM
    Media URN:
    VLVABORNNV4V214OOCJ4S87I7BGM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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