Quench your culture thirsty appetite by exploring the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Proudly showcasing remnants of a prolific past, Anuradhapura was one of the first cities in the country. For over a millenium it stood proudly as the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom.
The Kings of the early Anuradhapura Kingdom made great effort to construct the city in to a modern metropolis. The economy of the region was strengthened with the use of groundbreaking technology that was utlised in to building irrigation system and tanks. Safeguarding the peoples’ spiritual beliefs, consecrated buildings such as dagobas, chaitya, and more were created in abundance. Today most of these vestiges are intact, conveying that the great monarchs of this era will remain immortal.
Atamasthana, Kuttam Pokuna, Basawakkulama Weva, King Mahasena’s Palace and the Archaeological Museum have been popular attractions for the international traveller. But there is much more to explore in this intriguing city.
The Folk Museum
Found adjacent to Thuparama road, the Folk Museum exhibits objects used by the folk community. Its importance lies in the fact that these communities are over a thousand years in age. The collection displays objects used in their everyday lives. This includes weaponry, vi bissa (vaults that stores grains), utensils and more.
Gal Palama roughly translated in to stone bridge is situated near Kuttam Pokuna. The bridge made out of pure stone is one of the oldest bridges in the country. Although only a part of the bridge is remaining here, it is still definitely worth a visit!
The vicinity does not only boast of ancient architecture but of a beautiful story of love that knows no boundaries. The spectacular site includes the Isurumuniya Temple, a picturesque pond with an intricate elephant carving and more. The most interesting remnant here is the carving of the Isurumuniya lovers. The popular myth revolving around it relates that Prince Saliya, the son of one of the most celebrated monarchs in history, King Dutugemunu discards his hereditary rights to marry a woman of low caste – Ashokamala.
Ranmasu Uyana or the Park of the Goldfish is situated close to the Isurumuniya Temple. The water for the scenic pond was supplied by the underground ducts connected to the Tissa Tank. There is unsupported belief that a particular carving here is a result of extra-terrestrial activity.
The Chinese Buddhist monk Fahien travelled to Anuradhapura in the 5th century BC. He resided here at the Abhayagiri monastery and translated Buddhist inscriptions in to Chinese and returned to china. The museum contains a residual collection of this site which includes plates, jewellery, sculptures and more.