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Polonnaruwa: Raja Vaishyabhuganga (Council Chamber)

The Council Chamber, or Raja Vaishyabhuganga, was where the king met with his ministers and officials.

The wooden roof has long disappeared, but the elaborate base and carved pillars survive. Friezes of elephants, lions and dwarfs cover the base. 

Steps are embellished with makara (these look like mythical dragons) balustrades, a pair of moonstones and two lions associated with Sinhalese royalty during this period.  

The acoustics were said to be so good the king could hear those speaking from the end of the chamber. 

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