Gracefully poised upon a lotus dome in a water front, with a divine grace and kindness written all over its countenance, the Kun Iam Statue is more a presence than a statue. This Goddess of Mercy moves you and tugs at your heart strings in a powerfully touching way so that you go on to develop a bond with it even within a short while. Viewed from a distance it invites you to its vicinity, which is very unobtrusive yet strangely alluring.
This exotic statue is a recreation of the most popular deities in Buddhism and is found towering at a height of 20 meters from a manmade island in Macau. The statue is the concept of Christina Rocha Leiria who is a recognized Portuguese sculptor, architect and poem. The Kun lam statue is poised atop a lotus dome with sixteen petals that adds to its serene demeanor and it is also purposely aligned with Guia Hill and Kun lam temple that accords well with auspicious reasons. The statue depicts a slender feminine form and weighs 50 tons and has different castings done on it to withstand the strong winds. It assembles the fine elements of Chinese and Western sculpture and has a bronze finish that casts a fine glow to its exterior. Even from a distance, its unusual form as well as its remarkable location at the edge of Macau’s spectacular water front attracts a great deal of attention even of someone just hurrying through. To be reached by a causeway of about 60 meters the statue also has an educational centre that lends insight into the teachings of Buddhism and Taoism and also displays some exhibits related to them.
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