Historic Polonnaruwa and its half-crumbled ruins represent a time more than 800 years in the past, when Sri Lanka was ruled by dynastic kings. The site was established by the Cholas around the 10th or 11th centuries and went on to become one of the most important and powerful trading centers before total destruction in 1214. These days, the remains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s a must for any history buffs hitting the island.
- World Heritage Sites in Asia Across the vast, diverse continent of Asia, there are seemingly endless World Heritage Sites to explore. Visit the sparse atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima, or walk for hours along the towering Great Wall of China. From sprawling rustic temple grounds to ancient statues of civilizations past- here is a collection of some of the prominent World Heritage Sites in Asia.