Lady Buddha

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That statue is not depicting a Buddha, but a boddhisatva known as Guan Yin or Quan Am in Vietnamese, aka Avalokiteshvara.

In the scheme of things, a Buddha is an entity who has attained enlightenment and therefore will be freed from the cycle of reincarnation. A boddhisatva, meanwhile, is an entity who has attained enlightenment, but made a vow to continue in the reincarnation cycle until their goal is achieved. Guan Yin aka Avalokiteshvara promised that they will continue to be reincarnated until all sentient beings in existence is free from suffering/samsara.

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Guanyin of the South Sea on Hainan Island is 108 meters

Exactly what I was thinking. Thank you for stating it so well.

Southeast Asia looks mesmerizing. Thanks for the info on this monumental statue!