Japan Peace Stupa, also known as World Peace Pagoda is an early 21st Century monument - a symbol of peace and a famous tourist attraction in Lumbini. Considering the key objective of the monument, it is evident that a pagoda would be built on the land where Gautama Buddha was born because this is where he attained enlightenment and initiated the Buddhist culture. The structure is a glorious stupa with traditional pagoda style architecture. The vibrant monument is colored white signifying the virtuous motive behind installing it. The Peace Pagoda is enveloped by verdant greenery and is a striking sight on a pleasant day under the clear blue skies.
The majestic structure has a dome in the center that can be reached by climbing one of the two flights of stairs leading to it. On the second level, there's a corridor encircling the dome where one can circumambulate as they soak in the tranquil ambiance or just watch the beautiful surroundings from atop. The Symbol of Peace is open all days of the week for one and all to visit, explore, learn and get inspired to walk the path of non-violence and to live life in unity, which is a necessity in the world today.
There are many Peace Pagodas built in various locations across the world. The one in Lumbini was made in November 2001. The stupas or the Pagodas were established to instill peace and promote harmony in humans, especially after World War II. When innocent lives were taken and many more suffered, there was an urgent need to eradicate differences. Back in 1931, a Buddhist monk from Japan and the founder of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order, Nichidatsu Fujii, happened to meet Mahatma Gandhi. He was so inspired by Gandhiji's ideologies that he immediately began promoting peace and non-violence on a larger scale. He has provided all the necessary guidance to build several Peace Pagodas for this reason since 1947.
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