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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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  • beautiful spot to see nearby hikkaduwa's turtle farm and hatchery. and not far from the monument to those who died in tsunami of 2004... 
  • Before this can be Memorial tuk-tuk ride independently accessible from any hotel in Hikkaduve. When will you go to the Turtle Farm, then take a few minutes to see it! The mixed sensations from visiting this place.
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  • We were in a taxi on our way to do whale watching early in the morning and these where the sights we saw.. We only stopped to take the pictures... the devastation of the tsunami was still apparent and...  more »