The jade Buddha statue is placed at Phu Lien pagoda in northenr Thai Nguyen province (Photo: VNA)

Vinh Phuc (VNA) – The world’s biggest jade Buddha statue has continued its tour to convey the peace message in Vietnam when it arrived at Tich Son pagoda in northern Vinh Phuc province on September 10.

At the ceremony to welcome the statue, called “Jade Buddha for Peace”, local Buddhist monks and followers conducted rituals and prayed for peace and happiness.

The statue will be placed at Tich Son pagoda until September 18, during which a number of activities will be held such as sermons on Buddha’s teachings, a ceremony to pray for peace, and a requiem for heroic martyrs.

The “Jade Buddha for Peace” statue was carved from an 18-tonne block of gemstone-quality jade discovered in Canada in 2000. The carving was carried out in Thailand and finished in December 2008.

The statue, 2.54m tall and over 4.5 tonnes in weight, has toured more than 100 cities in over 20 countries worldwide.

It was brought to Vietnam for the first time in 2009 and has been displayed in various pagodas in the country.

After finishing its trip in Vietnam this time, the statue will be permanently installed in Australia.-VNA