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Ampara is a rather remote city in Eastern Sri Lanka, about 360 km from the capital city of Colombo.

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This Pagoda is called the Japanese Peace Pagoda and there is an interesting story behind it.

The Peace Pagoda's are a part of larger peace movement which built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order.

Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.

The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Fujii traveled all over the world, usually on foot, to preach his message of peace. By the time of his death in 1985, peace pagodas had been established in the U.S., England, Australia and India.

There are 4 Peace Pagodas built in various places around Sri Lanka. The Ampara Pagoda was opened on February 27th in 1988.

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