When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.
It's an amazing year-round destination. The shrine is open 24h and never closed. (the shrine office opens 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM). Avoid weekends or try to be there early in the morning: This way, you can enjoy this beautiful place without other tourists. My photos were shot before 6 AM. You should also consider visiting at after dusk: The shrine is lit up at night! This offers a very different and beautiful view of. However, it's one of the lesser visited shrines in Kyoto and not heavily crowded except for new years celebration (see below).
The shrine is popular in Japan and mostly visited by domestic tourists. Since 2014 it's also a well-known place for visitors from Thailand, since the Thai movie (Timeline) was shot there. Since the shrine is popular for new year celebrations, it's heavily crowded during the first two weeks of January.
HIGHLIGHT/FLOWERS: The outer garden of the shrine is part of Higashiyama Park: It's very famous for it's azalea flowers. There are about 50,000 bushes of blooming azalea in April and May, creating a magnificent view. Since azalea flowers are blooming only 4 weeks, the highest chance to experience this view is from mid-April until mid-May.
It is one of the most popular sights in Sri Lanka not only for tourists for locals as well. Polonnaruwa is crowded throughout the day. Most buses and tourists leave the area in the afternoon, and you may enjoy the exceptional Buddha Statues Gal Vihara even more. It's quieter early morning and late afternoon only.
Regarding the weather try to avoid October to December where heavy downpours are more likely to happen. The sights are far from each other. Polonnaruwa covers 3 km² either take a tuk-tuk or a rent a bike. Continue reading for more detailed information to get the most out of your visit.
The drier season in this area is from May to August/September but often overcast from June to August. It's a tropical climate with humidity around 80 % for most of the year. Most precipitation between October and December. From January to May it's frequently sunny. The day temp lays around 30°C throughout the year. The cultural triangle is a year-round destination although traveling during the wettest time of the year can be challenging. Lots of roads aren't paved and get muddy. Polonnaruwa usually offers the most pleasant weather conditions between January and June. However, showers can occur throughout the year.
Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall for Polonnaruwa from 1991-2015
Fascinating historic site year-round. However, it gets crowded especially during the busy summer months. To AVOID CROWDS be there early right before they open at 9:00 AM. It's least crowded from 9 until 10 AM. The average visitor spends 1,5 hours there. Alternatively be there 1-2 hours before they close and stay until the end. During that last hour it's less crowded as well.
The best months with decent weather to avoid crowds after the busy summer is from mid-September until October.
It is highly recommended to arrive as early as possible as places on the tours are limited each day. The wait time is pretty long mainly because it is not possible to reserve in advance and. The tour operates on a first come first served basis. Opening hours are in Winter from 9:30 and during Summer time from 9:00. The tours include transport to the site and are necessary to gain access to the megaliths.
Newgrange is a larger and more visually impressive site, seeing the interior of Newgrange is fascinating. But only by using lights it is possible to get an idea of what the room will look on the morning of the shortest days of the year. On these days the sunlight comes through the ‘roof box’, a window above the door, right into the chamber. This spectacle lasts only for 20 minutes maximum and is said to be of anciently sacred significance.
The guards change ceremonies at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial bronze statue hall takes place at the beginning of the hour. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before. This will ensure that you may get a place in the first row. Check out more details below about opening times, busy times, crowds, and more. Special Tip: Make sure to save our new Taiwan Guide:
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Opening Times and Crowds
The hall is open from 9 am until 6 pm but the guard change happens from 9 to 5 each hour in total 9 times each day. The hall is closed at Chinese New Year Eve, Chinese New Year and maintenance days.
The monument and the park around are one of the main attractions for tourists and guided tours in Taipei. Try to get there early in the morning and in general avoid weekends because the location is visited by many local people as well. The Memorial Park opens daily from 05:00 am to 12:00 pm.
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If possible, avoid the summer months (July and August) and around Chinese New Year (late January or early February) when prices are on the highest level, accommodations are often fully booked, and many places are overrun. Otherwise follow our tips above.
From April until October temps can be unpleasant hot with high humidity at daytime. In summer day temps are around 30°C and in winter (Dec. to Feb.) around 20°C while nights are cold with less than 10°C. Most precipitation from May to September but a dry season does not exist. The driest months are November to January/February with rainfall on average less than 100 mm. The climate is influenced by the northeast and the southwest monsoon. The northeast monsoon season lasts long from October until March and the southwest from May until September. At the monsoon season typhoons occur, and Taiwan gets hit each year frequently from July to September.
Every afternoon the light is perfect to take a picture.