The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

Photograph by Julien Capmeil

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Drive into the Cultural Triangle: Sri Lanka

Stop in Polonnaruwa, one of the country’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Construction of the 1,200-square-mile capital began around 1055; it was once a sprawling fortified city and the second seat of Sri Lanka’s royal dynasty. Explore the ruins of the palace and the carved Buddhas of Gal Vihara.

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