After years of crafting and positioning, the largest jade statue of Buddha in Vietnam was officially unveiled on Apr. 8 at the Truc Lam Tay Thien Zen Monastery in Tam Dao district in the province of Vinh Phuc.

The 31 tonne statue is 3.45 metres high and is the largest Buddha statue in the country to date, and underlines the Vietnamese people’s soul, spirit and love for peace.

Work on a 49 metre statue of Buddha, “Peaceful nation, happy people” made of granite was also started to mark the occasion.-VNA