VietNamNet Bridge – Artisans of the Than Chau Ngoc Viet gemstone painting company on January 18 began carving the worldest largest Buddha statue made of Jadeite gem in Hai Duong province.
The journey to Vietnam of the world largest jade block
The 35 tonne jade block.
After purchasing the 35-tonne block of Jadeite from a gemstone fair in Myanmar, Than Chau Ngoc Viet transported it to its factory in Hai Duong province. The firm, under the assistance of some foreign experts, has researched and decided to carve a giant Buddha statue by this block of Jadeite. Fifty Chinese artisans are invited to Vietnam to work for two years.
The statue will be finished in 2011 with a weight of 16 tonnes and 3 metres in height. A gemstone-made pedestal will be imported from Myanmar.
This morning, January 18, President Nguyen Minh Triet, along with over 400 senior Buddhist monks and thousands of followers attended a solemn ceremony in Hai Duong, marking the first day of carving the statue.
VietNamNet and VNExpress shot the ceremony:
Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Patriarch Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue (first from the left) and 400 Buddhist monks performed a prayer-meeting at 8.30am.
President Nguyen Minh Triet, former Party Chief Le Kha Phieu, many high-ranking officials and representatives of the Indian Buddhist Shangha also attended the ceremony.
President Nguyen Minh Triet and Most Venerable Monk Thich Pho Tue sanctified the Jade block.
... at the witness of 400 monks and hundreds of delegates.
The giant jade block.
The Buddha picture was stuck to one side of the jade block. When the statue is complete, it will be nearly 20 tonnes in weight.
President Nguyen Minh Triet started carving the statue.
... and release pigeons. VNN/VNE
Please send us your comments and feedback:
Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames.