The other day when I lamented that New York no longer had the world's largest menorah, I suggested that the United States typically lays claim to the biggest religious symbols. But that's not true. The largest statues in the world are all Buddhas, and none of them are in this country.
Check out this cool YouTube video on Earth's biggest Buddhas.
The Statue of Liberty, at a shameful 305 feet tall, would be nothing compared with some of these guys.
Still, it seems ironic that a religion based on transcending the physical realm should be obsessed with building gigantic edifices.
Unless Buddhism is actually about promoting awesomeness. In that case, carry on.