Kok Abe, also spelt Kokabe or Kokobe, is a small excavation site 45 km east of Anuradhapura. It’s almost unkown to tourists. Besides rock shelters with ancient inscriptions, the archaeological site of Kok Abe has several foundations of brick structures from the late Anuradhapura period. The most interesting ancient structure is at the upper end of the footpath, a double platform. The higher and larger structure was a dagaba. On the lower terrace in front of it is a rectangular buiding, almost square, withg monolithic pillars in its four corners. They once carried a wooden and tiled roof with an opening in the centre. This was a Bodhigara, a temple where a tree instead was venerated instead of an image. However, there is some debate whether this structure could have been a different type of ancient architecture, namely an Asanagara, where an empty stone throne representing the Buddha symbolically was the main object of worship.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka