Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa

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Discover the fascinating 12th-century rock temple of the Buddha at Gal Vihara. The temple houses four beautiful statues of the Buddha, all carved from the same, single piece of granite. Admire the statues, which demonstrate some of the finest examples of Sinhalese rock carving. Wander around the temple and admire the standing Buddha, which measures 7m (23 ft) in height. However, unique features on this statue have led to heavy speculation that it could depict not the Buddha, but in fact one of his disciples, Ananda. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings as you appreciate the three other statues in the temple; the seated Buddha, the reclining Buddha, and Vidyhadhara Guha. Shoes are forbidden within the site, so bring some socks to walk across the sometimes hot ground. Arrange to visit Gal Vihara and other attractions in Polonnaruwa using our Polonnaruwa trip maker site.
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  • Amazing craftsmanship. Gives insight into different stages of Lord Buddha life. Good to have a guide when visiting these places.  more »
  • There are Big Buddhist statues curved in a Big Rock. Curves are very detailed and I was very surprised because it was builded by Ancient Sri Lankans in 12th Century.  more »
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  • "gal wiharaya" has four load Buddha's statues peaceful place when haven't much pilgrims .most of pilgrims are visit here. Wow how ancestors build this .
  • Gal viharaya is a one of major place in Polonnaruwa. There are Buddha's statues made of stones. It is a very peaceful place for your mind.

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