Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yungang Grottoes

Yungang grottoes (Cloud Ridge Caves) is one of the four major treasure troves of Buddhist art. There are 53 caves containing over 50,000 statues. The caves stretch for about one Kilometer from east to west.

The statues range in size from huge (7 meters) to only a few centimers in height and are over 1,000 years old.

Top right: Buddha in a cave.
Top Middle: Buddha seen through a hole in the cave wall.
Top Left: Detail of Buddha carvings.
Bottom Right: Hannah Czehatowski, Mark Van Loan, and me in front of one of the statues which gives perspective on the size of these fantastic sculptures.

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