Updated: August 17, 2017
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Nagasaki Peace Park: An Area Filled With Symbolism For Peace

When traveling to Nagasaki, a must-see spot is the Nagasaki Peace Park. The beautiful public area has many monuments commemorating the victims of the atomic bomb. The park is next to the Peace Memorial Hall and the Atomic Bomb Museum. Here's an overview of the area!

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Nagasaki Peace Park

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Nagasaki Peace Park was established in 1955, on the very grounds of where the bomb caused the most destruction.
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The most iconic element of the park is the 10 meter statue created by Seibo Kitamura located at the north end of the area. The right hand here points towards the sky symbolizing the threat of the nuclear bomb, and the left arm with its arm open is a symbole for eternal peace.

Monuments

The park has many other impressive monuments each with their own meaning. Many of the monuments are donations by foreign countries. These were made possible thanks to an initiative by the city to create a "Peace Symbols Zone".
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This important monument was erected at the exact location where the bomb landed.
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This one honors the women victims of the tragedy. It is located near where the hypocenter of the atomic bomb was.
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The title of this work is "Infinity" (donation by Turkey).
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A child holding a dove. This statue has a plaque under it on which is inscribed in Japanese "that summer day".
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"New Peace" donated by Brazil.

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

Nearby the park there is the Memorial Hall in which you'll find photo exhibitions, memoirs and personal accounts about the atomic tragedy.
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Free admission. Open from 8:30-18:30 (until 17:30 from September to April).

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Next to the Memorial Hall is the Atomic Bomb Museum. You'll find in this museum information about the history of the event and what led to it. There is also an overview of the history of nuclear weapons development. You'll find here photos, artifacts and documents related to the atomic bombing.
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Admission is just 200 yen. Open from 8:30-18:30 (until 17:30 from September to April).

Access

The park is located in the northern part of Nagasaki, at a 2 minute walk from the Matsuyamamahchi or the Hamaguchimachi tram stop. Accessed those stations by tram line 1 or 3 from JR Nagasaki Station (10 min. ride).
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