Jethawanaramaya Stupa
Jethawanaramaya Stupa
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This stupa was built by King Valagamba. Nothing is known about the ancient form of the stupa, and later it was renovated. The ruins show that there are rows of stone pillars and it is no doubt that there has been a house built encircling the stupa cover it. The round courtyard of the stupa is 10 feet above the ground. the diameter of the stupa is 45 feet and the diameter of the courtyard 1319 feet
Written 17 November 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Jethawanaramaya Stupa is located in the ruins of the Jetavana monastery in the UNESCO world heritage city of Anunadhapura.It was the world's tallest stupa at 397 feet when built by King Mahasena (273-391AD). With the destruction and abandonment of the Anuradhapura kingdom in the 1200s it was covered with jungle. It was rebuilt in the 1300s and today stands at 233 feet
Written 13 August 2023
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,495 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Having said that it’s not that impressive if you’ve seen this kind of thing in Myanmar and Thailand. If you haven’t it’s worth a look.
Written 16 January 2022
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JChandrasekera
Berlin, Germany38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Also known as Uththararamaya it is the 4th largest manmade
structure and the 2nd largest Dhagoba in the world.
Written 6 April 2021
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
A huge stupa in Anuradhapura which belongs to the atamasthana. Best to visit in morning or evening to avoid hot sun.
Written 4 February 2021
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Ruchira W
Colombo, Sri Lanka20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This is one of the biggest ancient Stupa, another sacred archaeological site in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. By the time of my visit it was under some renovation/reconstruction process, but it was still holding its former glamour well preserving the sacred values of its past !
Written 2 August 2020
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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia8,055 contributions
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Jan 2020
Apart of being a sacred edifice, Jethawanaramaya by far is the giant of all the stupas. Of the man-made structures in the world it has been recorded that this edifice was only the third to pyramids and the tallest of all the stupas in the world rising to almost over 120 meters. With the gradual weathering over the years and collapse, apparently the height has reduced and what remains today is the outcome of the last restoration by another great Sri lankan king - Parakramabahu in 12th century. The Stupa is conserved beautifully and reflects the engineering skills of the ancient Sri lankan people.
Written 9 May 2020
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Wasantha dissanayake
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka7 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Family
Jethawana stupa was built by King mahasen. It is the tallest stupa in the country. But today because of nature you can't see the upper part of it. There is a nice story behind how it comes to built. Earlier in King mahasen's time there was two clans of Buddhist monks namely therawada and mahayana. There were constant fights with this two clans. Unfortunately king got the side of mahayana clan and treated therawada monks very badly. Some times very brutally. So, after some time the therawada monks fleed in to deep forest with there books. After several years passed by King realised that he had done a sin. So he called back therawada monks to city again and correct his wrong decision. But he still feel like uneasy. After that with a discussion about the Buddhism with the chief Monk of therawada clan he build this huge stupa.
Written 6 May 2020
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ATY39
Sopot, Poland241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This stupa is close to the archeological museum which in closed for reconstruction. Therefore there was nobody there when we visited the stupa. Really an experience, especially with a big her of monkeys climbing the stupa
Written 23 March 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
This was our first stop visiting the Anuradhapura ancient site which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fee for the entire site is LKR4,550 or USD25 per person per entry. It is the significant structure as biggest and tallest building in the ancient world of Anuradhapura Kingdom in 3rd-4th century. Best way to visit the site is by hiring a driver since the site is huge and scattered and not within walking distance. We engaged our driver service with “BLUE HAVEN TOURS” with fantastic and dedicated driver. Dress appropriately with cover shoulder and pants/ dress below knee. If possible, wear socks as walking on the sandstone under the daylight can be burning for the feet. Drinking water is essential too. Nice start to explore the Anuradhapura Ancient site. Unfortunately, the museum was closed for renovations during our visit, otherwise it would be informative prior to visiting to the sites.
Written 9 March 2020
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