Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum
Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum Reviews
Nov 23, 2007
The Peace Park and the museum are absolute must-sees. I've been to the museum twice and both times it was just incredible. First of all, its super cheap(only 50 yen). The museum take you through the lead up to the A-Bomb and what happened when it hit and the aftermath. There is a lot artifacts from the bomb there that are very interesting. There is also a model of the city built before and after the bomb. It is an unforgettable experience that you will never ever forget.
The park is located right next to the museum and it is beautiful. It includes the Peace flame, which is a monument to the victims and it will also burn until there is no more nuclear weapons. Also, the memorial cenotaph that in it has the names of all the victims of the bomb(including my friend Tomoko's great uncle). Also, the Children's Peace Monument which has a statue in honor of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died from radiation from the bomb. She believed if she folded 1000 paper cranes she would be healed, and children from all over the world send paper cranes to Hiroshima for her and they are placed near the statue.
The most famous symbol here is the A-Bomb Dome, which is the remains of a building that was closest to where the nuclear bomb was dropped. The remains were left as a reminder of the atrocities of nuclear war. If you are anywhere near Hiroshima, I would say this is a place you have to go to.
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Important part of history Apr 03, 2007
8th August 1945, 8:15 - Hiroshima was the first victim of an atomic bomb in the world. The whole city was rebuild, but the Memorial Peace Park and the Museum reminds everyone of that day.
You can enter the Park for free, it's very quit and nice to look at, even with that background. Everywhere are some Memorials, so among other things you can find the peace bell and a statue of Sadako - a girl who tried to fold 1000 cranes to be healed after that. Today thousands of cranes are hanging in glass cabinets around the statue. Some years ago there was a fire and all cranes burned down, so today they are saved.
The Atomic Bomb Dome is the only building which is still standing after the explosion.
The Museum is very cheap, so you have no money excuses not to go inside. Audioguides in most language are available which explain the whole exhibition, it's worth to get one. Everything is well stuctured, you learn more about the bomb, the historical background and what happened after it. Many artifacts are shown, so you find old uniforms, glasses, even finger nails and much more.
All in all, a very educational Park and Museum, I would highly recommend a visit!
Part of the Japan - April '07 travel blog
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