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After 700 years, Mong Son Dai Buddha was miraculously “revived”, becoming the world’s earliest built large stone Buddha statue.

Mong Son Dai Buddha after being discovered and restored

Mongshan Great Buddha is located in the northwest of Mongshan, Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China, carved on the cliffs by craftsmen.

Mongshan Great Buddha is located in the northwest of Mongshan, Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China, carved on the cliffs by craftsmen.

Mong Son Great Buddha located in the northwest of Mongshan, Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China, carved on the cliffs by craftsmen. According to records, this Buddha statue was built in the second year of Tianbao in the Northern Qi Dynasty, built with the funds of Emperor Wenyuan, on a mountain behind Kaihua Temple.

During the Sui Dynasty, Kaihua Temple was maintained and repaired Buddha. However, after that, this giant Buddha image went through many turbulent stages. During his six-year reign, Duong Vu Tong suppressed Buddhism, Mong Son Dai Buddha was also affected, the temple was destroyed, and the giant Buddha image was also forgotten.

Until 945, Liu Zhiyuan, emperor of the Later Han Dynasty (only 10 months as king) restored the Buddha statues.

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At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, Khai Hoa Pagoda was burned down again, from here the traces of Mong Son Dai Buddha disappeared from history books, many information that the Buddha statue was destroyed during this time.

In 1385, the Ming Dynasty rebuilt Khai Hoa Tu, but Mong Son Dai Phat was forgotten.

It wasn’t until 1983 that an administrative officer discovered mountainside ruins in the shape of a Buddha, with his head and chest buried in soil and rocks.

In 2006, the local government repaired and reshaped the head of Mong Son Dai Buddha. After 700 years, Mong Son Dai Buddha once again “revived” miraculously, becoming the world’s earliest built large stone Buddha statue.

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