10. Leshan Giant Buddha, China
This 223-foot tall Buddha statue is the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. Built in the year 713, the giant Buddha was built by a Chinese monk called Haitong, who wanted to calm down the turbulent and dangerous Minjang River.
Amazingly, he succeeded. During the construction of the giant Buddha, so much rock fell from the cliffs that it changed the depth of the water and made the stormy river suitable for trading ships.