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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

by - November 18, 2020

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park located in the center of Hiroshima, Japan. The park is dedicated to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims. As a result of WW2, Hiroshima was the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and it resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries. 

The entire park is located in the center of Hiroshima and covers an area that was close to the hypo-center of the blast (which was once a commercial district). The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a little over 120,000 square with several memorial sights including the Peace Memorial Museum. In 1996, the site registered as one of the world's UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The A-Bomb Dome is what is left of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which was destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The skeletal remains of the building were quite haunting to see, and very much a symbol of the devastating effects of nuclear weapons.

The Children's Peace Monument is a statue dedicated to the memory of the children who died as a result of the bombing. Next to the paper cranes was a statue of a young female with outstretched arms with a folded paper crane flying above her. The statue is of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died from radiation effects as a result of the bomb. She has become a leading symbol of the impact of nuclear war, and it's truly sad that her life tragically ended at 12 years old.

 The Cenotaph for Korean Victims is dedicated to the 45,000 Koreans who were killed or exposed to lethal post-explosion radiation.

The Peace Bell was constructed on September 20th, 1964.

Every year on the anniversary of the bomb, a ceremony is held at the park to commemorate this world tragedy. The park is such a stark reminder of the horrific devastation humanity can cause, and that some of the effects are still here today. 

 Access: From Hiroshima Station, take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae station

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