Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 

One of the most important features of the city of Hiroshima is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Because of its size covering over a hundred thousand square meters of ground, visitors not really

going to the Peace Park may stumble upon it inadvertently. Its lawns, trees, and strolling paths are in direct contrast with the surrounding area of the downtown district.

Prior to that fateful day on August 6, 1945, when the A-Bomb hit the city, the entire place that is now known as the Peace Park was the commercial and political heart of Hiroshima City. This was the main reason why it was chosen as a target. On the fourth anniversary of that tragic event, the government decided not to redevelop the area but instead devote it to build a peace memorial park.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the A-Bomb Dome, is all that is left of the building known as the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building had once served as a venue to promote the industries in Hiroshima. The PIPH was one of the few buildings that withstood the A-Bomb’s wrath and still remains standing today.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a physical reminder of Hiroshima’s history.