Gedige Lankathilaka ( ornament of Lanka), the image house with
a Buddha statue, had 5 stores. It has walls which are 4m trick
and still stand 17m high, although the roof has crumbled. The
design illustrates the development in thinking which underlay
the massive building, for it marks a turning away from the
abstract from of the dagaba to a much more personalized faith
in the Buddha in human form.
The building is essentially a shrine,
built to focus the attention of worshippers on the 18m high
statue of the Buddha at the end of the nave. Though built of
brick and covered in stucco, the overall design of the buildings
shows strong Tamil influence. The exterior bas relief
sculpture, most of which is in very impressive, shed light on
contemporary architectural style.