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 growth of this Buddha symbolizes the height of waves that struck Sri Lanka during the tsunami. It's awful when very many people were killed. The monument is a beautiful and majestic.
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  • rode on tuktuke and saw this beauty, and immediately stopped what would consider and take a walk and make a photo
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  • Stopped here after going to the Tsunami museum,( where the real information is). This is a nice place to stop at, but that is about it really. Click and go I'm afraid.  more »
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