Considered one of the masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture, this 4m-tall (13-ft) stone Buddha was carved in the 9th century. Since he is the Buddha of Medicine, he holds a medicine pot in his left hand. His stone headpiece represents his supreme wisdom, and the position of his hands symbolizes the expelling of evil and is typical of Buddha statues carved during that period.
Legend has it that if you pray to this Buddha he will grant at least one of your requests. Despite the fact that seeing this statue involves a hike of several hours, you'll see a long line of people waiting to make their prayers, usually on the first of the month or when it's time for entrance exams to universities. This is also a popular place for people to come watch the sunrise and pray for good luck on New Year's morning.
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