World's largest gemstone Buddha is now in Singapore. The world's largest gemstone Buddha was exposed at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. The Jade Buddha began its five-year global tour in 2009 and has since stopped in Vietnam, Australia, the United States, Canada and various parts of Europe, The Straits Times reported. After the tour, it will be housed in the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia.
The world's largest gemstone Buddha was carved out of a single piece of jade that was discovered in northern Canada in 2000. Valued at $5 million, the 2.5m-tall Jade Buddha for Universal Peace was flown in here by the Amitabha Buddhist Centre with the aim of promoting universal peace and inter-faith harmony. Representatives from Singapore's nine major religions also lent their support and offered prayers for world peace. Mahayana Buddhism is the most common form of Buddhism in Singapore. Sizeable communities following other traditions include Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism. The representative organization of Buddhism in Singapore is the Singapore Buddhist Federation.