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After being underwhelmed by other items in this large World Heritage site, the four Buddha... read more

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An important part of the Polonaruwa site

Gal Vihara (rock monastery) was built during the reign of King Parakramabahu I, in the 12th century... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After being underwhelmed by other items in this large World Heritage site, the four Buddha sculptures more than compensated my previous disappointment. They represent different elements of Buddhist teaching and are incredibly well preserved and beautiful.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Gal Vihara (rock monastery) was built during the reign of King Parakramabahu I, in the 12th century and it is part of the Polonnaruwa ruins complex. The main feature of the temple is the four beautifully crafted statues of Buddha, carved into the face of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed at sigiriya so for the driver to take us here was about 1 hour drive. I think cost is about 20 usd each approx usual high tourist rate. My tip is to rent a bike at the entrance area I paid approx £2 for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dutchyfifi1870
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gal Vihara is located deep inside the Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and is the most important site in the area. The site mainly contains large monolith statues of Buddha in sitting, standing and reclining position. The passage to the site is very beautiful, lined by Lake,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an extremely impressive site, which you may have seen before in many tourist publications ... but you have to see this with your own eyes !

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Matthias F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reclining Buddha is one of the largest single stone carvings of its type. Really beautiful to see! Don't forget to bring socks as you must remove your footwear and it can be very hot. Also, must cover your knees and shoulders. We really loved...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 November 2018

The Gal Vihara built by King Parakramabahu in curved rock with Mahayana influence, by image; The seated image, influenced by the Amaravati school of art, artificial cave named Vidyhadhara Guha with smallest image with Brahma and Vishnu, the standing image depicts an unusual mudra, the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Neelaka N
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

This was the last stop of our ancient sights of polonnaruwa in the northern cities ruins. Here there is the 4 Buddha statues carved with the last as the reclining Buddha. Lovely visit and would recommend guide to explain the sights

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MN8888
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Definitely don't skip Gal Vihara! The reclining Buddha is one of the largest single stone carvings of its type. Really beautiful to see! Don't forget to bring socks as you must remove your footwear and it can be very hot. Also must cover your knees...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MsTommasino
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

There are multiple buddha statues in different physical forms, all carved out of single rock! The details on each statue are well preserved even after getting exposed to rain and sunlight.

Date of experience: September 2018
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just in front of the rock temple of the Buddha, yes.
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