A jade statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni has been recoginsed as the largest of its kind in the country by the Vietnam Guinness Book of Records and was honoured with a ceremony at the Tung Van pagoda in Tho Tang town, Vinh Tuong district, Vinh Phuc province, on September 15-21 2011.
The sculptural masterpiece, 2.1 metres tall and weighing 3.5 tonnes, was made from a 20-tonne block of blue jade found in Van Chan district of northern mountainous Yen Bai province. It is considered the largest piece of pure jade found in Vietnam so far.The statue is based on the terracotta Buddha Shakyamuni that dates 300 years, which is also worshipped at the pagoda.
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Vietnam will soon be home to the world's largest jade Buddha as sculptors began chiseling a 35-ton block of jadeite jade in the northern province of Hai Duong this week.
The Hanoi-based Than Chau Ngoc Viet Gems and Jewelry Company began sculpting the precious stone on Monday during a ceremony at its factory in Hai Duong's Cam Giang District. The company had bought the jade at a gemstone fair in Myanmar for VND60 billion (US$3.25 million).
The complete jade Buddha statue is expected to weigh 16 tons, measuring three meters high, two meters wide and one meter deep. The measurements do not include a 9-ton throne, 2.1 square meters and 60 centimeters high.
About 50 local and foreign sculptors have been hired to carve the statue of Great Buddha Sakyamuni, slated for completion in 2010.
Dao Trong Cuong, director of Than Chau Ngoc Viet, said the company would register the statue with the Guinness Book of World Records.
Dorzong Rinpoche, of the Indian Buddhist Sangha, attended the ceremony Monday and handed over a sacred Buddhist relic to be installed into the statue.President Nguyen Minh Triet, who removed the seal from the jade block along with the patriarch of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha, Thich Pho Tue, hailed Than Chau Ngoc Viet for its efforts.
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