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Vietnam's giant Christ the King statue July 30, 2019

A giant statue of Christ the King with outstretched arms faces the sea from the summit of Mount Tao Phung.

The 22-meter high statue is erected in the coastal city of Vung Tau, southern Vietnam.

Visitors climb 812 stone stairs to the reach the statue. Along the way, they can pause at resting places for coffee or buy souvenirs sold by Lovers of the Holy Cross Sisters. Resting places are full of flowers and saint statues.

Inside the Jesus statue is a spiral flight of 130 stairs that lead up to the statue’s shoulders, where visitors can look over the city and its harbor.

The monument’s construction began in 1974 but stopped in 1975, when the Vietnam War ended. It was resumed in 1992 and the statue was consecrated two years later.

The site was declared the largest statue of Christ in Asia by the Asia Book of Records in 2012. It is also one of the most attractive religious destinations in Vietnam.

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