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Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Hikkaduwa

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • My husband and I took the scooter and drove to this monument to themselves, we can only approach it without shoes and with a headdress for women! Built in memory of the dead from the tsunami
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  • This beautiful place is so peaceful and poignant. The inscriptions really describe the devastation that occurred during the catastrophic tsunami in 2004, you truly get the sense of how close the train...  read more »
  • Really nice place to visit who are coming to hikkaduwa this place right in Front of the busy main road but little bit far from hikkaduwa real heart but otw you can see lot of things... 
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