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“Moonstones and extensive monastery ruins are the best”
Review of Abhayagiri Dagoba

Abhayagiri Dagoba
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

While the stupa is monumental, one of the best parts of Anuradapura was wandering in the very extensive area covered by these ancient monastery ruins, still not widely recovered and restored from the overgrowth. It's got a great atmosphere for those who like to explore and imagine they are one of the first to discover this site. The moonstones are beautiful and not hard to find. Check out the big pools as well and have a good wander around the fallen down monastery residences that stretch out through the woods.

2  Thank AndrewJV_11
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

The Abhayagiri Dagoba will be spectacular once its sheds its bamboo skirt. The UNESCO repairs are continuing at a rapid pace and will return the Dagoba to its former glory. Its on the outskirts of Anuradhapura and is worth the walk or tuk tuk ride. Dont miss the swimming pools nearby.
Stock up on food and drink from the stalls nearby and also go to the museum at the entrance to the precinct.

2  Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

This Dagaba is not as big as the others, it was built by the great King Walagamba, its a place most Buddhists worship when they come to visit Anuradhapura.

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Reviewed 6 November 2012

It was a complex of monastic buildings founded in 2nd century BC. The Abhayagiri Dagaba was built by King Valagamba between 89-77 BC. Periodic South Indian invasions led to the disintegration of the Abhayagiri Vihara. When it was rediscovered in the 1880s, it was a lost city - over grown with trees and the dagoba was reduced to a mountain of bricks. The brick foundation runs horizontally as tall as the Dagoba. At the moment, renovations are underway with the help of the Central Cultural Found and volunteers who flock to help cut a trench, carry a brick, lay a stone at the ancient Vihara. Expected completion of renovations is Dec 2012.

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