Tian Tan Buddha
P K Ng Associates (HK) Ltd. | Website | 1993 | Visitor Information
Ngong Ping Rd, Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island District, Hong Kong 999077, China
As the world's tallest outdoor bronze Buddha statue, this statue has attracted believers and tourists from around the world. The bronze Buddha is also a study in skilled engineering. in an effort to reduce costs, it was designed to be built on a podium and columns designed to support a reinforced concrete statue with a different centre of gravity.
Taking inspiration from New York's Statue of Liberty a structural steel frame supports the bronze skin. The 202 cast bronze pieces, steel truss and secondary support weigh under 300 tones, less than half the weight of a reinforced concrete structure of the same size.
The pieces are welded together and expansion and contraction of the metal was skillfully taken care of by the use of a moveable secondary steel frame which in turn was supported by a space frame. It has attracted world wide attention and been a top tourist destination.
Information provided in part by: P K Ng Associates (HK) Ltd.