Museum construction started to commemorate World Heritage Day
The Chongqing started construction of a museum in line with celebrating the World Heritage Day that will feature that century old rock carvings that is now placed in the 1999 World Heritage List. When done the museum will be called Dazu Rock Carvings Museum.
The museum located in the Chongqing Dazu County covers 6.6 hectares and will cost the local government at least 290 million yuan to construct. The museum showcases Buddhism in China, folk arts, rock carvings, and their efforts in the government heritage protection. 50,000 individual rock carvings in grottoes in that lie in the Dazu County. Carvings found are said to date back from the 13th century and as far back as the 9th century. The carvings were also placed in the World Heritage List by the United Nations.
The museum is planning to use digital and other multimedia devices will be used in effort to better preserve the rock carvings and to study them without damaging the carvings itself. Experts are also starting to work on restoring the best known Buddhist statues that is found in the site. The carving of Qianshou Guanyin, also known as the Goddess of Mercy is known as a bodhisattva with a thousand hands is associated with compassion as told by East Asian Buddhists. The statue is said to have been carved 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty.
The statue have 1,007 arms with a carving of one eye in each palm, and over the centuries the statue have been fading, and most of the gold foil covering have peeled off. Cracks have been appearing in 2007 and her fingers are starting to fall off.