Japanese Peace Pagoda (Bandarawela)

Bandarawela Peace Pagoda
The Peace Pagoda, also known as Japan Sama Cetiya (Sinhala: බණ්ඩාරවෙල ජපන් සාම චෛත්‍යය), is a Japanese-styled Stupa situated near Bandarawela town in Badulla 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).

By declaring Bandarawela a Peace City, the Peace Pagoda was constructed at the present site on 27 February 1982.

See also


1) 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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