Peace Park by Napassakorn Atireklapwarodom
What once was the busiest commercial and political district in the city became the target of the first atomic bombing ever. It then developed to become the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, where all the hope of peace and elimination of nuclear weapons lives on.
The historical museum depicts the cruelty of humankind, the truth in the war, the science of radiation effects on a human body and the feelings and perspectives of people back in the day. If you have a chance to visit Hiroshima, even for just a little bit, the historical museum is worth the visit.
From the front of Peace Park, after the flowerbed and the fountain, you will see three buildings, two of which are museum buildings and the one on the left with a small library with a collection English books.
If you keep walking past the museum, you will see the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, the Pond of Peace and the Flame of Peace, all of which are reminders of the cruelty of the past, so that the history shall not be repeated.
If you want to learn about some of the individuals at the time of war, walk forth a little bit more and, on your right, you will see a hall with an iconic fountain replicating the clock at 8:15, the time of the A-bomb dropping. This place is called Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. You could take the stairs down and spend a few minutes being submerged in the atmosphere while you are surrounded by the town before the bombing. This place also keeps all the information about all the people affected by this, and there is also a library. A periodic exhibition is also available, which means there will always be new exhibitions when you come here. The current one is the memoirs of the parents of first-grade students from Hiroshima Itchu School, complete with English subtitles.
Even if you don’t want to learn about the past, Peace Park has an amazing atmosphere that lends itself to reading a book, or reflecting on one of the benches. You can see locals doing group activities, and school children on field trips. You can also see the A-bomb dome, which is one of the few architectural artifacts from the day before the bombing. And if you want to visit it, it is just a short walk from the park across the bridge.
How good is this place as a place for relaxation?
4/5 - This place is usually a quiet place, perfect for just sitting and resting or reading your favorite book. Though, the chance of big tourist groups or student groups dropping by is pretty high.
How good is this place as a place to grab your laptop and work?
2.5/5 - Could work if you are desperate. There is no Wi-Fi around the park except in the museum, or tables for you to set your stuff at.
How good is this place for a game of soccer (or any team sports)?
0/5 - Won't work. The park is not structured with large open fields suitable for sports.
How good is this place for immersing with the culture and the locals?
4/5 - This place is a historical piece describing the event of atomic bombing and the effects of them up until now, so this is a good start to understanding people here. And there are always constant stream of people.