7. New York City’s tallest buddha statue can be found inside the Mahayana Temple
Located at the Mahayana Buddhist Temple at 133 Canal Street is the tallest Buddha statue in New York City. In the back room of the temple, the statue towers over visitors with a height of 16 feet. This Buddha sits atop a giant lotus flower and has an ethereal blue halo around its head that illuminates the room. Surrounding the statue are tables meant for families to provide offerings to deceased relatives.
Not only does the Mahayana Temple house the largest Buddha statue, but it is also the city’s largest Buddhist temple. Known as the “City Campus,” the Mahayana Temple is part of the church organization “Eastern States Buddhist Temple of America,” which was co-founded by Annie and James Ying. Other branches of the organization include one on 64 Mott Street and another in the forests of Cairo, New York.