Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Hikkaduwa

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A 30 m tall (54 ft) statue of Buddha facing the ocean at Tsunami Honganji Vihara commemorates more than 2,000 victims who perished in the 2004 tsunami. Built with the assistance of Japan's Honganji Temple of Kyoto, the statue was based on the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. Erected a couple hundred meters from the shore, the statue stands on a platform guarded by four lions surrounded by a pond. The location makes a nice stopover just off Bentota-Galle Road at Hikkaduwa town. Consider combining your visit with a stop at the nearby sea turtle hatchery. Using our online itinerary creator, Hikkaduwa attractions like Tsunami Honganji Vihara can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The top of the sculpture was the top of the wave. Go stand there and reflect a while. It makes it easier to visualise what happened.  more »
  • This is a must to visit as it is a symbol of the Tsunami. It has a picture perfect location. Remember to not have your back at Buddha when you take a picture. Its possible to have a blessing by a...  more »
  • As with most statues or munuments the meaning is always greater than the representation - donated by Japan the statue and area is very pleasant and gives a area for mourning - the monument to the railway victims killed by the Tsunami sets a more striking example.Entarance free of charge
  • in front of the turtle house. there is a little room on the corner where we can find some pictures about tsunami. if we arrived open clothes we can get sarong from there and can walk across the bridge to the Buddha statue.

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