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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. Use our Hikkaduwa itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and other attractions in Hikkaduwa.
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  • Large white statue presented by Japan to Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami that killed thousands. As it is situated in the middle of the main area hit by the tsunami it is quite poignant. 
  • Its artistic and build to maintain peace and this statue guards srilanka people from another tsunami. You can stop ur tuk tuk or cab and have a quick look for a minute or so. 
  • Many tourists sell trips to this place. This can be reached within 20-30 rupees on a bus going towards Colombo. And nearby turtle farm.
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