Tsunami Honganji Viharaya at Paraliya (සුනාමි හොංගන්ජි විහාරය)

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This Buddha statue was opened on the 26th of December 2006 at Paraliya as a memorial to the over 35,000 Sri Lankans killed by the Tsunami on the 26th of December 2004. This statue is an exact replica of the 5th Century 175-foot Bamiyan 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 color and texture of the statue. This pulp has been applied to 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 year.

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The site is located in Pareliya on the Colombo – Galle Road about 95 km away from Colombo.

Route from Colombo to Tsunami Honganji Viharaya
Through : Panadura – Kalutara – Aluthgama – Ambalangoda – Paraliya
Distance: 95 km
Travel Time : 2.5 hours
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