First Hospital in the World
Ancient Sinhalese possibly created the first ever concept of a hospital in the world! Archaeologists have found King Pandukabhaya (400 B.C.) established a health care system in Anuradhapura. Sadly, the remnants of the ancient hospital in Anuradhapura are in ruins. The Kings’ creation of the hospitals to care for his subjects are said to have been inspired from Buddha’s teachings of showing compassion to all human beings.
However, ruins of the ancient hospital in Mihintale, built by King Sena II of Sri Lanka (853-887 AD) are still standing if you wanted to visit it.