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Review of Abhayagiri Dagoba

Abhayagiri Dagoba
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

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

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Reviewed May 15, 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.

Thank Amin E
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Reviewed March 24, 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

Thank Molly P
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Reviewed March 3, 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.

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Reviewed February 25, 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.

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