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Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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A ‘must visit’

A solemn reminder of the tragedy that occurred in 2004. We were given information by a Buddhist... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2019
robsarahsadventures
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Buddhist monument to Tsunami victims

This statue of Buddha is an exact replica of Buddhist statue destroyed by the Taliban in... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2019
John C
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

A solemn reminder of the tragedy that occurred in 2004. We were given information by a Buddhist monk about the destruction to the area & devastation to the local families.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

This statue of Buddha is an exact replica of Buddhist statue destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, so it said. Standing at 18.2mtrs it is the exact height of the tsunmai wave that swept across the village and the train full of 1500 odd holiday...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

You forget what these people have lived through and come out the other side it is a must see just to remember

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 5, 2019

This Buddha stands tall as a memorial to the grief experienced and damage sustained by the people of Sri Lanka when the southern island area was hit by a tsunami in December 2004. The damage caused by the tsunami and loss of life are remembered...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

A very dignified and moving experience. The photos are uncensored and portray the reality of what happened that fateful day. Anyone who comes to Hikkaduwa should come here.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

Although it has been some time since the tsunami the grief still has an effect on so many people. There are graves along the beachfront for a very long time

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I visited here during our recent tour of Sri Lanka. The giant statue of Buddha was erected as a memorial to the nearly 1700 people who lost their lives when the tidal wave hit a train passing through this small coastal community....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 23, 2019

Seeing this was emotional...the tsunami wave was as high as the Buddha is tall. What kind of fear must the victims have felt? It's amazing to see how the coast has been rebuilt, but terrible to imagine the shear destruction Mother Nature inflicted.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

A tsunami sized Buddah constructed in memorial of the victims. If you want to go up close you need to be covered up.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank N973GPlisah
Reviewed March 14, 2019

Stopped here briefly en route from Galle to Colombo. We thought is saw a stunning statue of Buddha, but when our driver guide told us the height at 18.5 metres represents the height of the tsunami wave which struck this area, it takes your breath...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Tinbee
April 3, 2017|
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Response from vincentb377 | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to enter the temple area. they welcome donations and offerings similar to any Buddhist Temple.
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Tinbee
April 3, 2017|
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Response from 14Kangaroo-14 | Reviewed this property |
No fee, it is on an open space. They only ask politely for a donation but you arent oblige to give anything.
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Vinayibhasin
November 28, 2015|
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Response from Laddu85 |
Hi, It's around 80-60 feet. Nearly around 20 meters high
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