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This UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site is situated in Dambulla, Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Golden Temple of Dambulla is one of the foremost centers of Buddhist pilgrimage sites for 22 centuries. This cave monastery with its five sanctuaries, which is thought to date back to the 3rd century BC, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka and one of the largest in South Asia. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

  • 7th to 3rd century BC: Early inhabitants
  • 1st century BC: Paintings and statues
  • 5th century AD: The stupa was built
  • 12th century AD: Addition of the statues of Hindu gods
  • 18th century AD: Most of what we see today
  • 19th century AD: An additional cave and some repainting
  • 20th century AD: UNESCO restoration and lighting

Golden Cave Temple Complex

Buddhist mural paintings

157 Buddha Statues

A walk through Popham's Arboreum

Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium