Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and get a greater understanding why the world never has to use atomic bombs again.
One single atomic bomb killed thousands in just only seconds. The ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the over 140,000 people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Through belongings left by the victims, testimonies and related materials, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park conveys to the world the horrors and the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons and spreads the message of “No More Hiroshimas”.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, and now commonly called the Genbaku Dome, Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Source: Wikipedia
Where is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park located?
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A great reminder of one of the world’s most dangerous moments
At 8:15am on 6th August 1945, the first atomic bomb in human history was dropped on Hiroshima. Although, the Atomic Bomb Dome was located almost directly underneath the explosion, it somehow avoided complete destruction and the remains of the building still stand today. The residents of Hiroshima decided to keep this tragic reminder of war intact. The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
The fountain at the centre represents the moment the bomb was dropped (8.15am), while the water offers relief to the victims. An adjoining room shows the names and photographs of those who perished. Before leaving, it’s worth taking time to watch the evocative testimonies from survivors.Memorial in Hiroshima by Lovely Planet
Atomic Bomb Dome
Visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering caused by war and nuclear weapons and the true value of peace.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.
The property can be observed from the outside of the periphery fences and its external and internal integrity is well maintained. The buffer zone, including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, is defined both as a place for prayer for the atomic bomb victims as well as for permanent world peace.
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
The Hall was founded by the Japanese national government to mourn the atomic bomb victims in 2002. It was designed by Kenzo Tange.
The Hall curators are collecting atomic bomb memories and stories from the survivors to mourn the victims, as the survivors are aging. They are also collecting names and photographs of atomic bomb victims for the same purpose and for the same reason. From the collection, they are developing a project to “read the stories of the atomic bombing”.
Admission is free of charge.
Learn more about the first atomic weapon used in combat
Hear first-hand accounts from the air and ground, re-telling every memory from the day the world first witnessed the horrors of atomic warfare. The Boeing B29 Stratofortress bomber aircraft ‘Enola Gay’ dropped the first atomic weapon used in combat over the Japanese city of Hiroshima at 08:15 local time on 6 August 1945. Between 80,000 and 250,000 people perished in the attack and its immediate aftermath. Original footage filmed at the time shows a vast mushroom cloud rising up out of the city, while images captured in the days and weeks after show both the terrible human cost of the bombing and the incredible scale of the devastation wrought on the city.
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