Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura

Hailed for its architecture, the stupa of Ruwanwelisaya has a sacred reputation among Buddhists around the world. Once you see its pure white dome towering overhead, it's easy to understand why. Although ancient, the stupa stands as one of the world's tallest monuments, and also holds the titles of one of the Solosmasthana and one of the Atamasthana (places of veneration). Keep in mind you have to remove your shoes to enter, so consider visiting in the morning for cooler weather; if you go in the afternoon, you have to tour the attraction barefoot on the hot stones, or carry a pair of socks with you. Add Ruwanwelisaya to your Anuradhapura travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Anuradhapura online visit planner .
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  • Magnificent White Dagoba adorned with a wall with 344 elephants next to each other. Today It is 55 meters high and has a bubble shape.
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  • Sited at the historical centre of the Ancient City, part of the Mahavihara Monastery site, this enormous dagoba/sthupa is one of the Buddhists most spiritual Temples. There were thousands of Monks her...  more »
  • Huge Dagoba with a lot of fervor around the foists along the driveway allowing access to the Dagoba make it easy to move because bare foot on the floor it burns an air-conditioned temple with Buddha lying behind a window tarred a little the beauty of the place finally the whole is grandiose and well worth a visit
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  • love to be here. Calm and quiet in the night, let me do some meditation. Better to keep a cushion as it’s all hard rock around the dagaba. Difficult to sit for long.
  • Even if you are not a Buddhist, spending few hours here at night will calm your inner self. Recommended to meditate here. The place is venerated very much. Suggesting to avoid Poya days and special sermon times so that you can feel the serenity.
  • People dont know what is archaeological preservation. They simply throw coins on to the stone inscriptions. Letters will soon be vanished. Authorities have not noticed this matter or else they must be waiting for someone to complain on the subject matter
  • My best. Its keep me calm and cool all the time. Best to visit early morning or evening around 5-8pm.
  • Sleeveless and short clothes are prohibited. Please be kind enough to wear white clothing. very sacred place....respect
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