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“Really impressive”
Review of Abhayagiri Dagoba

Abhayagiri Dagoba
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Melbourne, Australia
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Really impressive”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

This dagoba was so busy with locals praying and visiting, so we decided to enjoy the view of this dagoba from the enterance. It's really impressive to look at and the history behind it is really interesting.

Visited July 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Another good place to visit..”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Another Dagaba in Anurahdapura which should be visited by anyone travelling to Anuradhapura to see the main attractions in the city.

Visited November 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Good”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

Like most of the Dagobas it is large with a small shrine. Very much a recommend to those Buddhists. As a simple tourist I enjoyed it but wasn't spectacular.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“World heritage”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

Cant believe how its done by old king ,its unbelievable very huge one i like the way they build this place ,lots of monkeys every were its not good

Visited February 2013
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Heswall, United Kingdom
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“Exquiste moonstone and guardstone - best in the area”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

Let me first preface by saying Anuradhapura is a long distance to travel from the main coastal resorts and so you should probably only consider if you are touring the island. It was about a two hour drive from Sigiriya. The area is too big to cover on foot in a single day and, whilst bicycles and TukTuks are easy and cheap to hire, I would recommend a driver/guide who can direct you to and provide commentary on the most significant sites.

Abhayaagiri was a complex of monastic buildings founded in the first or second century BC. It is still being uncovered and restored. The stupa is huge (230fit high and very similar to Jethavanarama) but as it still under renovation there is lots of scaffolding. The grounds are the main attraction. The Twin Bathing Pools (Kottum Putan) are very tranquil and worth a 5-10 minute stop as it’s a great example of the amazing engineering and water management that was typical across ancient Sri Lanka. Here solid stone was carved out to create two large pools used by thousands of monks for bathing. Elsewhere across the island earth was excavated on an even larger scale to create huge water tanks which were used for feeding crops as well as bathing.

If you are in the area I would recommend that you also visit the ruins of King Mahasen’s Palace to see an exquisite example of a moonstone doorstep with finely detailed symbolic carvings; the Ratnaprasada (Gem Place) for the guardstone; and the Mahapali Refectory with its huge rice trough and bathing pools.

Visited February 2013
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