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Tsunami Honganjii Vihara Tall Buddha Statue is a Tasteful Reminder of The Height of the Sea Wave Strucked.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the most tragic events in the region in the past century... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Titus D
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Sri Lanka
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Over 40,000 died on 26/12/04 and another 4,500 unaccounted for after the tsunami. World’s biggest... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
northwalesnaturist
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the most tragic events in the region in the past century. The memorial at Hikkaduwa is a tasteful reminder of the tragic loss of life in the area and beyond. Interestingly, the Buddha statue is designed to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over 40,000 died on 26/12/04 and another 4,500 unaccounted for after the tsunami. World’s biggest railway disaster with 1,700 dead also caused by the same..... Worth a visit and quiet reflection.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here whilst walking back from the Turtle Hatchery (also reviewed). The statue is very prominent and there is a small booth nearby where they explain (in horrific detail) of the Tsunami. The town is clearly still suffering from the losses and there are...More

Thank welshmanadventures
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very emotional and raw experience. The photos in the museum are very graphic, The man in the museum was very informative and even gave us a blessing as we left

Thank LizzWilly01
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Although this is a statue and a small hut with quite graphic photos of the deviation of the tsunami. It was very moving to see the power of the sea and the carnage it can cause. A photo stop, with donation and blessing.

Thank PJSouth575
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Stopped here after going to the Tsunami museum,( where the real information is). This is a nice place to stop at, but that is about it really. Click and go I'm afraid.

Thank anhonestjoe
Reviewed 24 April 2018

This makes you realise how high the wave was....I didnt now it was so high.. Very intresting to see.

Thank Roksana_L
Reviewed 22 April 2018

I don't know why or how a large stone statue of the Buddha is supposed to be a Tsunami memorial. The Japanese donors could've spent the money on a school, or a hospital or something practically useful for the people rather than yet another Buddha-...More

Thank worldtravelplus
Reviewed 14 April 2018

The photographic exhibition is explicit but provides absolute reality as to the horror the many lost souls encountered on that fateful Boxing Day. The memorial itself is the same height as the water that crossed the coastline and just standing there now that everything is...More

Thank Barry T
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Just standing there where so many people died or were injured. You realise there was just no where to escape. Hopefully it will never happen again.

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Tin B
4 April 2017|
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Response from Vincent B | 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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Tin B
4 April 2017|
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Response from Gastronaut111 | 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
28 November 2015|
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Response from Laddu85 |
Hi, It's around 80-60 feet. Nearly around 20 meters high
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