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Tsunami Honganji Viharaya

This Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th December 2004. This statue is a exact replica of the 5th Century 175 feet Barmiyan Buddha Statue destroyed by the Muslim Fundamentalists in Afghanistan. This replica was created using the earliest known sketches of the statue.

A pulp like material has been used to obtain the colour and the texture of the statue. This pulp has been applied on the cement structure. Unfortunately just a week after opening this pulp like material seems to coming off from the cement at the very bottom of the image. I doubt that this image will look the same in one years time.

How to get there

The site is located in Pareliya on the Colombo - Galle Road about 80 km away from Colombo.


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Updated February 13, 2007
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