|Tongil Daebul - 108 ton|
The Buddha statue is a 14.6 meter, 108 ton gilt-bronze Buddha statue, called "Tongil Daebul", sits atop a 4.3 meter high pedestal, of the same material, making the total height 18.9 meter. The lotus pedestal is flanked with 16 delicately engraved panels and the forehead of Tongil Daebul is adorned with eight 8 cm stones of amber, with a single piece of jade in the center that is 10 cm in diameter. Tongil Daebul sits with legs crossed and half-closed eyes in meditation, his lips displaying a perceptible smile. A flowing robe with gentle folds, revealing the right shoulder, drapes the Buddha's robust torso. The hands of Tongil Daebul are positioned in the mudra, symbolizing the "enlightened one." It was said that contained within the hollow statue are three pieces of the Buddha's sari, remains collected after his cremation, donated by the Myanmar government, and the Tripitaka, the original Buddhist scriptures. This statue represents the crucial wish of the Korean people for the reunification of the divided country.
The maintenance cost of the Buddha statue are funded through donations, either through wishes candles or wishes roof tiles. I took the liberty to had a wishes candle lit and other family members offered some prayers in front of the Buddha statue. May all our wishes come true. Here are the pictures I took at The Great Unification Buddha area.
Location: Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea