The Hidden Buddha Surrounded by a Hill of 150,000 Lavenders

Hidden Buddha

It is situated on the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan, you will find the Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Established in 1982, a large stone Buddha sculpted 15 years ago sat alone in a vast field, giving an ‘unrestful impression’ according to the client.

The cemetery wanted to give visitors a more serene appreciation of the Buddha and asked the highly regarded Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, to devise an elegant solution.

Ando proposed to ‘hide’ the 13.5m (44 ft) Buddha below a hill of lavender with just the head peeking out. Underneath would be a 40m (131 ft) long approach tunnel that leads to a light-filled rotunda surrounding the statue.

When the great hall is reached, visitors look upwards to the Buddha, whose head is surrounded by a halo of the sky.


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