Stupas are monuments meant to serve as symbols of peace for people of all different ethnicities and religious beliefs. The most precise illustration of this can be seen in the uncluttered and rounded appearance of the Japanese Peace Pagoda. It is a one-of-a-kind temple that offers visitors the opportunity to experience peace when they travel to its location a few kilometers outside the city of Galle.
Learn about the novel idea that leads to its existence:
This Peace Pagoda was conceived to serve as a focal point for people of different racial and religious backgrounds, with the overarching goal of assisting these individuals in coming together in their pursuit of world peace.
Observe the components that make up the shrine:
The Peace Pagoda is surrounded by four statues of Buddha, each representing an essential event in the life of the Buddha: the birth of Prince Siddhartha, his achievement of enlightenment, and his passing into parinibbana. In addition, there are eight sculptures made out of sandstone that can be found on the walls of the temple. These carvings reflect different stories from various eras of Gautama Buddha's life.
Admire the architectural expression of peace:
On either side of the staircase, there is a model made of concrete that depicts a lion, and the walls have carvings of many incarnations of Buddha that have been polished to a golden color. On sandstones that have been carved to look like timber framework, exquisite artwork has been imprinted that depicts the life of Buddha and his relics.
Other portrayals are taken from mythology, such as 'Gift of Mango Grove by Amrapali at Vaishali' and 'Great departure of Siddhartha.'
Wonderful views of the Japanese Temple that is adjacent, the rows of pine trees, and the snow-covered mountain peaks may be seen from the top of the pagoda.
Bask in beautiful vistas:
When viewed from the Galle Fort, this Buddhist shrine resembles a giant marshmallow rising out of the surrounding jungle. It is also famous for its peace and provides a spectacular vista of snow-capped mountains, including the towering Kanchenjunga.
In addition, there is a magnificent Buddhist temple just next to the peace pagoda. This white building with two stories was constructed in the traditional Japanese style, and it is also known as the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple.
Explore the neighborhood:
Visit the peace pagoda perched atop Rumassala Hill, and cool off with a swim at Jungle Beach on your way down the hill. Afterward, make your way back to Taru Villas, located on Rampart Street in Galle Fort, so that you may rest and unwind.
Jungle Beach Rd, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka