Pabalu Viharaya

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A stupa with an unusual shape and nine frontispieces than four, was built in the 12th century by Queen Rupawathi a consort of King Parakramabahu |. The stupa got its name because of the glass beads found during the archaeological excavations. In Sinhalese “Pabalu” stand for beads.

The stupa is surrounded by a number of image houses, each sheltering Buddha statues of different postures mostly in ruined conditions now. The seated statue resembles the Samadhi Statue in Anuradhapura. 

The stupa is built with red bricks and mortar, and has a staircase to get to the first and second levels of the stupa decorated with Guard stones and balusters. There is an ancient stone table used to offer flowers to the stupa.