Mesmerizing Giant Buddha Monument

This amazing architectural design was created by Tadao Ando and it’s called Hill of the Buddha. It’s a cemetery located near Sapporo, Japan. The site is a gently sloping hill on 180 hectares of lush land. The statue is 13.5-meter-tall (44-feet-tall) and weighs 1,500 tons. It is made of fine, highly selected solid stone. Until now, the Buddha statue has stood alone in the field, giving a restful impression. The cemetery wanted to give visitors a more serene appreciation of the Buddha. So Ando, who is famous for his spiritual buildings made out of concrete, convinced the cemetery to bury the grand Buddha, with just his head peeking above ground, to show respect for this ancient teacher. The Buddha is now surrounded by a hill covered in some 150,000 lavender plants. The only way to get close is to walk through a 40-meter-long (131-feet-long) tunnel. When visitors reach the Buddha at the end of the tunnel, they see his head is “encircled by a halo of sky.” The cemetery says this view creates a “blessed moment.”