Japanese Peace Pagoda (Rumassala)

Rumassala Peace Pagoda
The Peace Pagoda, also known as Japan Sama Cetiya (Sinhala: රූමස්සල ජපන් සාම චෛත්‍යය) is a Japanese-styled Stupa situated near Rumassala Marine Sanctuary in Unawatuna in Galle District, Sri Lanka. It is the last of the five Japan Peace Pagodas constructed in the country.

Rumassala Peace Pagoda
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 Rumassala was constructed by Japanese monks of the Mahayana sect and it was declared open by the then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on 23 February 2005.

See also

1) Jungle beach Unawatuna by Creator9434 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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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This page was last updated on 17 April 2023

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