Japaneses Peace Pagoda (Walapane)

Walapane Peace Pagoda
The Peace Pagoda, also known as Japan Sama Cetiya (Sinhala: වලපනේ ජපන් සාම චෛත්‍යය) is a Japanese-styled Stupa situated in Walapane in Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka. It is one of the five Japan Peace Pagodas in the country.

A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa erected to inspire peace and most of the peace pagodas in the world built since World War II (1939-1945), have been built under the guidance of the Japanese Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), the founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. He constructed 80 of these pagodas around the world after World War II, including at Hiroshima and Nagasaki (McIntosh et al., 2019).

The Peace Pagoda at Walapane was constructed by the Japanese in 1983 (Abeywardana, 2004).

See also

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  p.256.
2) McIntosh, I.S., Haddad, N.F. and Munro, D. eds., 2019. Peace journeys: A new direction in religious tourism and pilgrimage research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p.19.

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This page was last updated on 17 April 2023
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