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Chinese collection of 500,000 Tibetan Buddhist rock engravings recognised as world’s largest

A world record authentication agency said a collection of 500,000 stones adorned with Buddhist inscriptions in southwest China is the world’s largest stone carvings of the Buddhist canon when stacked on top of one another.

The stones , which cover an area of 695 sq m – the size of about two IMAX cinema screens – were given world record status by the World Record Certification Agency, a London-based company that is similar to Guinness World Records but is less famous.

They are part of the Rantang stone engraving tradition in Sichuan province, and contain religious artwork and Buddhist scripture written in Tibetan script . The tradition dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and remains a part of today’s local culture.


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