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Godawaya Stone Tablet | Museum | Sri Lanka Customs

Item No 1.Godawaya Stone Tablet (112-13 CE)

The stone inscription existing at the Godawaya temple provides probably one of the oldest evidence on Customs duties in the entire world.

Ancient internal port had functioned from 2nd Century AD to 12th Century AD at Godawaya in Southern Sri Lanka near the mouth of the Walawe River.

This inscription had been made by King Gajabahu (114-136AD) and states that he had ordered the donation of duties collected at the port to the Godawaya Temple for its maintenance.

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