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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
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
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.
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
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