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Oldest Buddhist Temple in the World!

Girihandu Seya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Thiriyai, around 47km north of Trincomalee... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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Serene and Sacred

IT is about 45 minutes drive from Trincomalee and is probably the oldest stupa / dagoba in the... read more

Reviewed January 30, 2018
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Girihandu Seya is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Thiriyai, around 47km north of Trincomalee. This temple is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in the World, said to contain hair relics of Lord Buddha. Commissioned by Thapassu & Bhallika as per the stone...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 30, 2018

IT is about 45 minutes drive from Trincomalee and is probably the oldest stupa / dagoba in the World. It is only a 200 foot climb, the steps are very easy to climb. The place has a sacred feel to it, the stupa has been...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank AchuthanPalat
Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Famous among locals as the worlds first Stupa which built in the era of buddha by thapasshu n.balhuka traders. Located approx 50km away from trinco town. Seems well above than dhambulla rock cave temple and steps available to climb. Nice sorroundings and stunning views from...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 29, 2017

The best place that we've been visiting in Sri Lanka! It's just so calm an peaceful. There are not a lot of people there. We only met a couple of monks. We really enjoyed it. It was very humid tough as we were walking upstairs....More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed August 6, 2017

Wonderful ancient shrine which deemed to be the first Stupa in the world. Located at a higher elevation on a flat province giving a unique view. 40 mins from Trinco and 10 mins to pulmudei. Safe and secured area with lots of nature friendly atmosphere....More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Built by Thappassu and Balluka merchants. Stunning view from the top of the site. Feel the authorities should give more prominence to this place. Better off visiting this place knowing the background history of this place.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed December 13, 2016

The world's first Buddhist Sthoopa believed to be built by Thapassu & Balluka. Girihandu seya is considered as the first Dageba in the world, done by Thapassu Balluka Merchants. This is located in Thiriyaya close to Trincomalee Pulmoddi road. Load Buddha spent 7 weeks (...More

Date of experience: December 2016
2  Thank Sen_S_Malith
Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is very first Buddhist temple of the world done by Thapassu Bhalluka merchants. This was built on a top of a mountain in Trincomalee area (around 50km). Few epigraphs are available on the way to the top. More than 1000 steps. Please be kind...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank nilusha707
Reviewed March 24, 2016

A short distance from Trincomalee the temple and ancient ruins are well worth a visit. The approach roads take on through some beautiful countryside, passing salt beds and lagoons teeming with wildlife - especially birds. We saw some spectacular kingfishers. An ornithologists dream. At the...More

Date of experience: March 2016
2  Thank peterh125
Reviewed March 1, 2016

Girihadu seya is considered as the first Dageba in Sri Lanka, done by Thapassue Balluka Merchants. This is located in Thiriyaya close to Trincomalee Pulmoddi road. One of the place you should visit in a trip to Trinco.

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank KasunA_12
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