The Rumassala Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of four peace pagodas found in Sri Lanka. Sitting atop a picturesque hillside, a trip to the pagoda is a great way to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. Here’s a closer look at what a trip to the pagoda has to offer.
According to the legendary epic, the Ramayana, Rumassala Hill was actually part of the mighty Himalayan Mountain Range. It is said that the monkey god Hanuman accidentally dropped a piece of the mountain range as he was carrying it around!
If you’ve been relaxing at a spa in Galle – say, for instance at a hotel such as the Fortress Resort and Spa – the peace pagoda is the perfect place to visit in order to complement your relaxing holiday. Once you reach the top of the hill, you’ll also get an unprecedented view of the surrounding coastline.
In total there are 80 peace pagodas in the world and they were all commissioned by the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji Nikaya movement. The structure looks like a mushroom sprouting from the earth with a statue of the Buddha at its centre.
The peace pagoda gets all kinds of visitors nowadays. Most of these are sightseers and travellers but there’s a fair share of pilgrims that visit here as well. In fact, there are still plenty of devout who come here to pay their respects to the great Hanuman.