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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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  • Enroute to this memorial, you can still see houses which were ruined during the Tsunami and never repaired because it was believed that the entire family of that household were lost. So that pretty mu...  more »
  • A very serene and sobering place. Amazing to think that such a disaster occurred in this beautiful, tranquil place.  more »
  • We were travelling from Galle to Negombo and stopped to view the large statue erected in remembrance of the many who died in the tsunami. Not very far from here is the Tsunami Museum of pictures taken...  more »