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. Located outside the main compound, the structure is a glorious stupa with traditional pagoda style architecture. Constructed by Japanese Buddhist at a cost of US $1 million, the monument is coloured white with a golden buddha statue.
The majestic structure has a dome in the centre 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. 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 instil 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. Gandhiji's ideologies so inspired him 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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