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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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  • It is a very beautiful memorial that was made for a very sad event. It is serene and you should not miss it.  more »
  • A very impressive monument that is worth visiting. Be advised this area is often visited by local people with snakes and baby monkeys offering photo opportunities for money.  more »
  • If you decided to visit Hikkaduwa I recommend start with museum Victims of tsunami, than see this Memorial (it's on the way to city) and last stop I can recommend Turtle farm. It's nice triangle of mo...  more »