The Maitreya Figure in the Yonghe Temple


The biggest wood carving figure of Maitreya is the one in Wanfuge (the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Blessings, otherwise known as "Giant Buddha Tower") of the Yonghe Temple in Beijing. The figure is 18 meters tall, with another 8 meters underground. The total length of the image is 26 meters. The figure, which is said to be a tribute presented by the 6th Dalai Lama, was carved out of a whole piece of white sandalwood.

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