Sri Lanka is an island with an intriguing culture and plenty of history. There are many fascinating locales to explore around the island, and one particular destination is the Unawatuna Peace Pagoda.

Japanese Peace Pagoda | Image Credit - L Manju, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons
Japanese Peace Pagoda | Image Credit – L Manju, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons

The Pagoda

This fairly massive structure is an impressive sight, and can be glimpsed from the iconic ‘Jungle Beach’ of Unawatuna. If you were to climb the renowned and fairly sacred Rumasalla hill then you can catch a particularly scenic glimpse of the pagoda.

Purpose and History

These peace pagodas were built by a Buddhist order known as Nipponzan-Myohoji. The purpose of them is to unite various cultures around the world and usher them towards a unified goal of attaining world peace. Most of the eighty structures around the world were built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii who initiated the order.

The View

One of the best aspects about the Peace Pagoda in Unawatuna is the view, which is truly breathtaking and will surely fill anyone with a sense of tranquillity. If you’re staying at any of the Unawatuna hotels close-by such as Cantaloupe Levels then you should definitely visit.


The Peace Pagoda is considered a very sacred site, so visitors are required to dress quite modestly. Revealing clothing is discouraged, with visitors asked to cover their legs so it’s best to wear long trousers or to have a sarong handy.

Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world.