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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial
- The Hiroshima Peace Memorial
- Alt Name:
- A-Bomb Dome
- World War Two
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- The Nagasaki Peace Park,
about The Hiroshima Peace Memorial
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the A-Bomb Dome or the Genbaku Dome, in Hiroshima in Japan was the only building in the city which survived following the first ever explosion of an atomic bomb.
On 6 August 1945, US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was the first ever use of the ‘A-bomb’. At the time, Japan was still at war with Allied forces in World War II and US President Harry S. Truman hoped that this action would cause the Japanese to surrender. In fact, Japan would surrender on 15 August 1945, but not before a further such bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki on 9 August.
The atomic bomb at Hiroshima instantly killed around 100,000 people and would go on to kill many thousands more as a result of radiation poisoning (approx 214,000 total with Nagasaki). It also devastated the city. The destruction was so great that the Hiroshima Peace Memorial building was the only structure which remained. Its survival is all the more remarkable given its location just 500 feet or so from the centre of the explosion.
Originally constructed in 1915, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial building is a domed structure which served as an office building for businesses as well as the Japanese government during the war.
Today, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial building forms part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which also includes a museum. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Address: 1-2 Nakajimama-cho, Naka-ku, Hirosima 730-0811, Japan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is located in Hiroshima, which has an international airport and train services to, amongst others, Okayama and Tokyo. From JR Hiroshima Train Station, take the streetcar towards Eba or Miyajima to the Genbakudomu-mae stop or the one towards Hiroshima Port via Kamiyacho to the Chuden-Mae stop (opposite the Chugoku Electric Power Company). Or, use the red Hiroshima Bus towards Yoshijima to the Heiwa Kinen Koen (Peace Memorial Park)stop.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is open daily, 8:30am-5pm (to 6pm March-November and 7pm in August). Closed 29 December-1 January, Last entry half an hour before closing. Entry costs 50 Yen for adults, 30 Yen for children (6-18).
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