Tsunami Photo Museum

Tsunami Photo Museum, Telwatta: Address, Phone Number, Tsunami Photo Museum Reviews: 5/5

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RavWoj
Rybnik, Poland614 contributions
Warning! scary impression
Feb 2020
One cannot miss this if one wants to understand and feel the tragedy of tsunami. Photos, handwritten comments and descriptions make unimaginable impression. It is really hard to read and watch some of the drastic pictures. Tear come to the eyes.
Written February 18, 2020
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dianedinky
253 contributions
Powerful. Go there.
Jan 2020
A small museum - well actually two places right next to each other - but which absolutely packs a punch. Done by survivors, it is a very personal space and the photos so not soft soap anything. Some are very hard hitting, but this is how it was. It is hard for an outside to get a true sense of what it was like but this museum does a good job of relaying the fear and utter devastation. A harrowing place but where the people are still so full of hope. A must visit in my opinion.
Written February 14, 2020
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Gabi P
Sydney, Australia116 contributions
Sad and insightful, good information
Jan 2020
This is a small museum but it has great information. It is a sad experience visiting and there are some horrific photos, but they are covered with a curtain so looking at those is optional. There is a room that describes what tsunamis are and gives a brief history. It's incredible when you look at the comparison of how many people died altogether. Very very sad. It's nice that you can make donations to children who lost their families and other sufferers of the tsunami. Worth a visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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Ando
Shenyang, China28 contributions
Speechless
Jan 2020 • Couples
I remember when I saw the first horrific footage in the news on tv 2004. I just saw that there are people who wants to share their scenes and life after. Sawing all this pictures and explanation, I was somehow speechless. So it is worth to visit it, even when it is very sad. The pictures are telling you more than I could write here.

I have only made some pictures from the trees around the scene, which have been damaged but not disrooted from the impact.
The Buddha is also on the way to the museum.
Written January 31, 2020
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Maioha
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany500 contributions
Perhaps our sixth visit to the museum
Jan 2020
We brought some more house guests to look the museum and they, like us, were shocked and extremely saddened at the pictures. We will be back there again next month.
Written January 17, 2020
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GregFirth
Greater London, UK128 contributions
Important To Make Time For This Place
Jan 2020 • Couples
Step away from the perfect beaches, sunsets and cocktails of Hikkaduwa for a moment, to pay this important piece of Sri Lankan modern history a visit.

After taking a Tuk Tuk to the Turtle Sanctuary, we walked the short walk along the main road. Past the monument to the unknown dead, of the train that was his by the tsunami and past one of the actual train carriages.

The museum is run by a lovely man who took us round each room, detailing the experience of the locals and his person stories. He lost family and still bares the scared on his body today of that fateful down in 2004.

Some of the photos graphic but it’s incredibly sobering to remember this recent piece of the countries history. No entrance fee, the museum is run on donations. Which are donated to charities helping those who’s lives are still affected by the events today.

The owner even tried to give us bus fare back to Hikkaduwa!
Written January 16, 2020
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Jessy C
Zurich, Switzerland13 contributions
Thank you Lal
Nov 2019 • Couples
A very sad but impressive experience and a must see having been to Sri Lanka.
Lal was very kind and brought us the horrific happenings of 2004 tsunami at heart. His hospitality was incredibly friendly and personal, he even accompanied us to the moonstone museum, so we could not get lost :)
Written November 5, 2019
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Julia L
4 contributions
Well worth seeing
May 2019 • Couples
Excellent place to visit. Photos are both horrifying and amazing. Definitely recommend the visit. The manager showed us around. It is small, but very powerful
Written June 7, 2019
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1,469 contributions
Very Worthwhile, Very Graphic
Apr 2019 • Family
There are at least a couple of these ‘museums’ in Telawatta, located in small road side bungalows. We visited the one called General Tsunami Photo Museum. It’s pretty much the same experience at each, a handful of rooms displaying photographs of the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami which devastated this coastal village & claimed the lives of 100’s of locals in addition to the 1000’s killed on a packed passenger train passing through Perilaya. The photographs are exceedingly graphic with many grim scenes of blackened, bloated, broken bodies. A shock reminder of the deadly power Mother Nature can wreak, as & when. You can only begin to imagine the horrors of that day for the residents of this community. The highlight of our visit was to chat to & be guided round by a local survivor, the wonderful, warm lady who runs the museum.
There is no entrance fee but donations are expected.
Within a few minutes walk lies the burial site of many of the unclaimed or unidentified souls who were taken that day.
Additionally, again within a few moments on foot, stands Tsunami Honganji Vihara, a giant Buddha statue erected in memorial to those lost. The Buddha’s right palm faces the sea to symbolically guard against future harm, his left hand marks the height of the tsunami water. There is another display of photographs here, with a Buddhist monk on hand to talk you through.
Written April 16, 2019
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NisseLindblom
Lidingo, Sweden15 contributions
Tsunami
Feb 2019 • Couples
This museum is one of two next to each other. We only went to this one. The lady that showed us around is a survivor of the tsunami. Pictures and copies of pictures of what happened that day. Some drawings from children that might give you tears in your eyes. Worth a trip. No entrance fee. But you can give a donation.
Written February 24, 2019
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