Tian Tan Buddha ~ Hong Kong

The 34 meter high bronze statue of Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.


Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Big Buddha is one of the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statues in the world.

Completed in the 29th of December 1993, on the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the 34-meter tall Tian Tan can be almost seen from Macau on a clear day.

The name Tian Tan comes from the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, from which it is modeled.

The statue is reached after a long climb of 268 steps. It is surrounded by 6 devas offering gifts.

The statue is located on Lantau island in Hong Kong, surrounded by mountains and a beautiful scenery. It is also a popular pilgrimage path from the city through the forest and mountains.


Quick Tips:

Try to find a different angle to popular monuments and landscapes. Postcard shots are cool but they are all often taken from the same spot and all look alike. Be different by shooting upwards, framing differently. Just be creative and your photos will stand out.


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Walking around for hours camera in hand

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

I had such an awesome time visiting this Buddha. What a great angle you captured him!


Hee hee! I have photographs of Tian Tan Buddha from when I was in Lantau in 2007. Amazing experience. Love your photograph here. Nice work.


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