The northern Hai Duong-based Than Chau Ngoc Viet Gems and Jewelry Co.,Ltd started carving what it said would be the world's largest jade Buddha statue Monday.
The world's largest jade Buddha statue will be sculpted from a 35-ton stone
The 16-ton and 3-meter statue is expected to be completed in 2011.
The Buddha statue will be sculpted from a 35-ton block of jadeite bought from Myanmar last year at price of US$1.45 million, according to the company’s CEO Dao Trong Cuong.
To date, the largest jade Buddha statue, the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace, weighs 3.9 tons and measures 2.5 meters tall.
A source from the firm revealed the carving job costs the owner $800,000.