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Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa

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See the ancient structure of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, built to hold a relic of the Buddha's tooth and the alms bowl he used. At the center of the circular building with concentric terraces, you can see a seated Buddha. Belonging to Polonnaruwa period, the most striking stone work in the monument comes from guard stone and moonstone. Historians believe ornamental elements at the monument's entrance represent the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism. Spare a though for the many local people who have managed to preserve the site in near-perfect condition. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Polonnaruwa Vatadage by using our Polonnaruwa tour planner.
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  • Polonnaruwa is a great place, but this was probably our highlight from it. With the three sitting Buddhas and the remnants of a lot of the building structure left, this is a really impressive ruin. Be...  more »
  • Part of the Polonnaruwa monuments, once the seat of a great kingdom. Recommend to view Polonnaruwa monuments in the same visit in the morning or afternoon, take a few hours for all  more »
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings situated in the archaeological ruins of Polonnaruwa. If you visit it between 9h30 and 16h30 during te dry season (April, i.e.), don't forget to bring a pair...  more »
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  • These ruins tell a story of a bygone era. So much of history . The craftsmanship is stunning.
  • Beautifully architected indoor image house with a stupa (pagoda) in the middle, surrounded by 4 buddhas in each entry point. A must visit in polonnaruwa.
  • Very beautiful and historical place
  • Nice ancient ruin with minimally damaged moon stone.
  • Very very beautiful place in POLONNARUWA