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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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  • If you have youngsters with you do not visit this place, there are pictures of victims of the tsunami everywhere. For adults it is a most, the 18 meter Buddha statue is the same height as the destruct...  more »
  • We lived in Ambalangoda in Southwest Sri Lanka and could not go to the tsunami Museum. Big Buddha in memory of those killed that day was installed at the Lake. He stops the elements and protect the inhabitants from the effects of such disasters. Learn interesting facts about the tsunami and the statue. But the photo is not for the faint of heart, awful, how many people died. In the Museum of tsunami local disabled man told us about the horrors and consequences of the tsunami and, probably, he too suffered from the tsunami. Very nice man, sorry for him. But even before their departure he blessed us, speaking from the rope that tied all of us on the right hand.
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  • Be sure to visit this Memorial. If you know English, you can read on the site of his story. If not, then read in advance on the Internet. No tears there is simply impossible. Memory eternal to all died during the tsunami in 2004 year.
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