“Peace has its victories no less than war but it doesn’t have many monuments to unveil.”
Well, they mostly don’t, but this one does. Have you been here before? Can you guess where this is?
When you first view this Buddhist shrine from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, this stupa looks like a giant white marshmallow. Surrounded by a green cover, you can see nothing more until you drive up to the Rumasalla Hill and see the Peace Pagoda in its’ stately form—a beacon of peace and a shrine that brings people of all nationalities together.
Built with the help of Japanese monks, this pagoda is one of the four Buddhist stupas in Sri Lanka. The stupa’s clean, rounded design in white and gold, is a huge draw for hundreds of visitors who walk or drive the path to the hill. There is also a towering, white, bell-like structure surrounded by gold-painted statues.
There are steps that lead to the walkway encircling the shrine, from where you can get a beautiful 360-degree view of the jungle and the bay. I never realised until that moment, what a stunning view lay before me, not to mention the much-needed stillness that one had been looking for, amid the hustle and the restless pace of our lives.
This is definitely worth a visit if you are planning to visit Sri Lanka any time soon and even more so if you are going to be visiting Galle. The views you capture here will truly be wonderful but the peace you’ll carry within will last much longer than that! I can certainly vouch for that.
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