Monuments & Statues in Polonnaruwa

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Monuments & Statues in Polonnaruwa

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour bus stopped here to allow the group photograph this large statue of the Buddha and Giritale Lake. Our guide advised that the statue was newly constructed and completed in 2017. This probably explains why there is a dearth of information, yet plenty of photos on various websites. It is a replica of the Aukana Buddha, carved during the 5th. century, near Kekirawa.
    Located on the road reserve between the A11 and Giritale Lake.
    Written 17 November 2019
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