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Peace Memorial Park near the hypocenter

The recovery plan called for a park to be built in the area around the A-bomb Dome and all of Nakajima-cho (the area across the river) that would become a symbol of peace. Peace Memorial Park was built, and the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims was unveiled on August 6, 1952. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum opened in August 1955. The park was laid out with the A-bomb Dome, the Cenotaph, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum all standing in a straight line north to south.
Just south of the Peace Memorial Museum, an extremely wide street (100 meters) was built. After a naming contest, it was given the name Heiwa Odori, which means "Peace Boulevard."
●Hiroshima Restoration Exposition
In 1958, the Hiroshima Restoration Exposition invited people from all over Japan to come and see how well Hiroshima had recovered from the atomic bombing. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was part of the venue.
Photo: Seiji Omae
Courtesy: Hiroshima Municipal Archives