The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

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

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Face the Lion's Rock: Sri Lanka

The ancient royal compound of Sigiriya, or Lion’s Rock—the star attraction in the country’s Cultural Triangle—is best visited in the morning, before the day heats up: It takes roughly 45 minutes to reach the summit, but you’ll be treated to frescoes, rock gardens, and other splendid sights with every step.

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