Seemapauwa Forest Monastery at Angunakolapalessa

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A ruined stupa at the Seemapauwa Forest Monastery
A ruined stupa at the Seemapauwa Forest Monastery

Seemapauwa Aranya Senasanaya is ancient forest monastery in the village known as Usgala in Angunakolapalessa on the Kalthota – Thanamalwila Road. Based on the inscriptions found at this site, it has been found that this site has been in existence 1-2 centuries even before the Christ. It is believed that this has been a active Buddhist center during or around the rule of of King Wattagamini Abaya (104-101 BC), better known as king Walagamba.

The temple lies bordering a massive jungle of about 25 acres which is said to consisting of various ancient artifacts as per the article below.

photos by curtsey of Dr. Ashan Geeganage

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Route from Thanamalwila Junction to Angunakolapalessa Seemapauwa Forest Monastery

Through : Thanamalwila – Kalthota Road
Distance : 14 km
Travel time :20 minutes
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