Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park

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Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park
北海道大観音
Dai Kannon of Kita.jpg
Coordinates43°31′41″N 142°11′52″E / 43.52806°N 142.19778°E / 43.52806; 142.19778 (Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park (Ashibetsu, Hokkaido))
LocationAshibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Typestatue
Height88 metres (289 ft)
Completion date1989

The Dai Kannon of Kita no Miyako park (Japanese: 北海道大観音), also known as the Hokkaido Kannon, as well as the Byakue Kannon, is the third-tallest statue in Japan and is the tenth-tallest statue in the world, tied with the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan. It was the tallest statue in the world when it opened in 1989 at 88 metres (289 ft), holding the world record until 1991.[1]

City of Ashibetsu with the statue in the background

Planning of the statue began in 1975 and construction occurred through 1989. The statue depicts Guanyin (Avalokiteśvara) and is in the Kita no Miyako park on the island of Hokkaido.[2] The statue contains over 20 floors with an elevator, with floors containing shrines and places of worship, eight in total, and a platform providing a panoramic view of the area to visitors.[3]

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Records
Preceded by
The Motherland Calls
87 m (285 ft)
World's tallest statue
1989-1991
Succeeded by
Sendai Daikannon
100 m (330 ft)