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“Essential Hiroshima”
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Atomic Bomb Dome
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Hiroshima
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Owner description: This skeleton of a building is all that remains in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on August 6, 1945, and serves as a symbol of both the horrors of atomic war and the hope for world peace.
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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“Essential Hiroshima”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

At the A-bomb dome, seeing the warped metal, glassy roof tiles and crumbled bricks, it was clear that people who were in the vicinity didn’t have a chance (in fact the people in the A-bomb Dome would have died instantly when the bomb exploded). Having said this, it wasn’t necessarily a ‘sad’ place to visit. There were lots of school kids and domestic tourists looking at the ruins, and a plaque in front of them said that they are keeping it there (rather than demolishing it) as a reminder that these atrocities should never happen again.

Visited December 2012
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Bondi, Australia
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“The reason to go”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

We were lucky enough to have some volunteers wanting to practice English talk us through some of the history. An incredible, and incredibly sad, story. Worth the short train trip from osaka just to experience the place. Could be a day trip if you're short on time.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“An amazing introspective moment to be had when visiting.”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Located along the Aioi River in Hiroshima, me and my friends only managed to reach the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) by tram close to sunset, and boy were we amazed by the view that greeted us - a semi-demolished domed building set against a darkening blue Hiroshima sky that was a stark reminder of a dark era that should never have been inflicted upon any country, ever.

One could only imagine the terror that reigned from the sky that fateful morning more than 4 decades ago when 'Little Boy' was dropped almost above the dome - when today all that remains to remind us of that devastating moment is a partially-demolished dome with office buildings and multistory shopping complexes nearby (Sogo and the likes were located pretty nearby).

Such a scene balancing both the modern and the past serves as a very stark and apt reminder to the resilience of Japan and its people. To be able to bounce back to such modernity in such a short period of time and to be able to accept the dome's existence as a grim reminder of a painful Imperialist past is an amazing feat.

Do make a short visit down to this site to observe with your very own eyes the lone building that stood in defiance of the destructive power of a nuclear bomb and imagine the devastation that surrounded it that fateful day - it can be as moving an experience for you as it was for my friends and I (:

Visited December 2012
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Very well preserved and good reminder of peace”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

the building can be seen along the river, easily accessible by street train to Gembaku-mae station by a couple of different street train lines, especially attractive during sun set, with a clear signboard explainin the history and the purpose of keeping the remnants as a reminder for peace

Visited November 2012
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Pelotas, RS
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

silent witness of war atrocities.
let to do not forgot the japonese victims.
We take pictures tomshow to our family

Visited December 2011
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