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Dagoba of Thuparama, Anuradhapura

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Visit ancient Dagoba of Thuparama, the oldest Sri Lankan "dagoba," which represents the earliest monument of Buddhism. After the introduction of Buddhism, Devanmpiyatissa built the dagoba in the third century BCE, using the right collarbone of the Buddha in its construction, according to legend. Throughout its history, the dagoba has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, but has never lost its distinctive bell-like shape. You need to take your shoes off to enter the site, so bring some socks with you to protect against the hot stones and sandy paths. Plan your Dagoba of Thuparama visit and explore what else you can see and do in Anuradhapura using our Anuradhapura vacation generator.
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  • There are plenty of stupas in Sri Lanka, but this was one of our first. A stupa is filled with stones, so you can not. Some travel companions found this a disappointment. You can walk around it (without shoes), and it remains an impressive sight.
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  • This seemed to be the most religious stupa in the complex with the amount of the people around when I visited and also the various offerings that were being performed here.  more »
  • According to our guide, is the oldest of the Dagodas of Anuradhapura. Columns are part of the remains of its original structure.
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Hotels and guesthouses lie scattered around Anuradhapura, and accommodations tend to concentrate in a green neighborhood between the main street and Nuwara Wewa irrigation tank. Mid-range hotels near the tank also have swimming pools. Budget travelers should explore the numerous family-run guesthouses, where you can negotiate the price. You can always accept the offer by your rickshaw driver for a basic room at a reasonable rate.
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