Watch out, Kratos, there’s a new-old god of war in town! As reported in Shanghalist, China spared no expense for its latest god-like homage to its decorated past in the form of Chinese general, warrior, and overall badass, Guan Yu. He’s has been immortalized in the form of a 190-foot tall, 1,320-ton sculpture. Have a look at our gallery below for the completed photos.
Fans of the Dynasty Warriors franchise might recognize him, although he’s mostly famous for being glorified in the 14th century novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Boldly standing atop a warship-like base, Guan Yu holds in his right hand the “Green Dragon Crescent Blade,” a revered weapon that surely defeated many foes during his legendary lifetime. The huge weapon had to be crafted on the ground then hoisted up and bolted into place because it weighed so much!
And this isn’t even the first statue depicting his epicness — he’s worshipped in many areas of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong as a god of war, brotherhood, and loyalty. Designed by Beijing’s 2008 Olympic architect, Han Meilin, this Guan Yu statue is housed in Jingzhou’s Guan Yu Park along the southern tip of China. The entire park was built to pay tribute to the concept of righteousness, with Guan Yu’s statue figuratively representing the X-shaped Chinese character for the virtue. There’s also a huge museum inside of the statue dedicated to Guan Yu and the overall righteousness of China’s history.
Now, we know what some of you are thinking; how much did this colossal colossus cost? Probably more than we can imagine, but in the name of art and culture, this statue of Guan Yu is sure to attract many visitors near and far, maybe even spreading some history lessons along the way. What do you think about this mega Guan Yu statue? Let us know below!