Polonnaruwa Landmarks

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Polonnaruwa Landmarks

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  • manucanuck
    Hong Kong, China1,916 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The entire ruin / site is huge once you get in you can't stamp out unless you buy another set of entrance ticket to the area. The different ruins do have signs explaining what that ruin was but the QR code never worked (i've tested at least 5 of them, none of them directly me to the correct page so dont bother), rather hire a professional guide (don't use the guys on site they charge quite a lot)
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Dashers2014
    Cambridge, UK655 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still standing after nearly a thousand years or more. The moonstones speaks volumes on their own! The statues are incredible. Of course they could have been maintained better but glad there is still some remains left of the ancient Polonaruwa Dynasty. Evidence that it must have been a very rich monarchy all those centuries ago ! Definitely worth a visit if in the region.
    Written 21 March 2023
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  • centralvic
    Ballarat, Australia1,205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's just one piece of granite, with 4 statues of Buddha carved into it..
    Just amazing.
    There are so many statues of Buddha in Sri Lanka, nut all are beautiful to see..
    Written 27 February 2023
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  • Fer
    Colmenar Viejo, Spain2,827 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the vaulted type (gedige) image house built by king Parakramabahu the Great (1153‐1186 AD) and it is the largest image house built in ancient Sri Lanka.
    Written 27 February 2023
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  • 635nadi22
    Sydney, Australia32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An ancient Buddhist monastery, the Vatadage currently house the ruins of several structures, some of which are built on rocks. The main feature is the circular temple with pillars and 4 statues of Buddha, wonderfully preserved for being so old. There are several other structures including more Buddha statues and a stupa built on rocks. A bit further up the same premises, there is an ancient hospital - this was adjoining a forest area from which a deer family emerged - a very pleasant surprise!

    We went on a weekday so there maybe 6 other people in total so we had the whole place to ourselves. The site is charming and serene, with a couple of ponds and the view from the top of the structure very pretty. I believe there is no entrance fee (there wasn't when we went) and there was no parking charge either. But keep in mind, this is a fair bit away from the main sites of Polonnaruwa/Dambulla etc, so it may not be getting a lot of tourists. However, if you have some time, and feel up for a (slightly) off the beaten path trek, this is a charming place to visit. Accessibility wise - there are a few steps to climb, but generally an easy visit.
    Written 20 December 2023
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This in in Polonnaruva Sri Lanka. It was constructed by King Parakamabahu 1 (1153-1188). It is famous for its 100 paintings. It was covered by jungle for 500 years and rediscovered in 1855 by SM Burrows
    Written 14 November 2023
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  • Ayesha Imalki
    Matugama, Sri Lanka10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Somawathiya Chaitya is a Buddhist stupa located in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. It is a place where amazing events take place as the right tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. Due to this reason it has gained a special attraction of local and foreign tourists. My favorite place to go is Somawathi. A place that brings more freedom to the mind.
    Written 18 January 2022
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  • zaawaaz
    Singapore, Singapore118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a walk around the site behind it too. The area is quite sandy, be prepared with the feet ;) Good to circle around it
    Written 14 December 2019
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  • Kai Wah
    Malaysia3,578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddhist religious site with influence of Hinduism culture. The significant sights at this site are the impressive rock carvings which include the famous moonstone of semicircular shape carvings at the foot of first flight of step at the staircase and the guarding gods carvings at the entrance. It is included in the entrance fee of USD25 for the Polonnaruwa Ancient site. Well worth the value as part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
    Written 12 March 2020
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  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The palace was built by Parakramabahu I. It purportedly had seven floors and one thousand rooms, the former more credible to historians than the latter. The remains of three levels does give a glimpse of what would have been a monumental structure.
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • Buddhika RANAWEERA
    Colombo, Sri Lanka32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dimbulagala Aranya Senasana, which is for Buddhists as well as all other people, has many valuable features. Although climbing the top of the mountain was quite difficult, my little daughter also went to the top of the mountain. A person who goes to the top of the mountain will have the opportunity to see a very beautiful surrounding scene. This is a must-see place.
    Written 3 June 2023
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  • Kai Wah
    Malaysia3,578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although there is no definitive findings about the person of this stature, it is believed to be the statue of the famous King Parakramabahu I who instructed to construct this statue since 12th century. King Parakramabahu I made many contributions during the Polonnaruwa Kingdom with extensive construction of irrigation system that flourished the agricultural activities at that time. His popular sayings was - “No rain water should flow into the sea without being useful to man”. Worth to check this out for quick visit for 5-10 mins especially after the learning about the history of this King.
    Written 12 March 2020
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  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than 8m long and over 4m wide, this 25 ton block records the deeds of Nissankamalla. Mention is made of India, Pakistan and Indonesia. Ats its metaphorical center is of course Nissankamalla, expounding his deeds to all. Its journey reminds you of the building of pyramids in Egypt and the massive stone heads on Easter Island.
    Written 6 February 2020
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  • Danushka Basnayaka
    Mawanella, Sri Lanka127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Structure Builded by King Parakramabahu.
    Most of this structure Builded using rocks and still visible the Old Cavings.
    Written 20 August 2020
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  • DW@Ballarat
    Ballarat, Australia1,252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This seven storied stepped temple is located in a corner of the Polonnaruwa ruins. It has entrances on all four sides and some liken it to a stupa where sacred relics related to a Buddha are housed. It does resemble temple structures found in Cambodia.
    Written 9 April 2019
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