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DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE - GOLDEN TEMPLE

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In the heart of the island and wilderness, the site, perched on a hill, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. This temple-cavern has been a high place of Buddhist pilgrimage and meditation for more than twenty centuries. Its origin therefore goes back to the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This troglodytic monastery impresses for the way it has been preserved: the state of its mural paintings dating from the 13th century (Kandy kings' periods) and telling the story of Buddha's life are the very example. These frescos cover a total of 6,000 m2 of walls. Between the 12th and 18th centuries, the temple underwent a metamorphosis, it underwent numerous restorations which made it a sanctuary of colours, gold and silver, containing a total of 5 caves and 157 statues.

The origin of this temple dates back to the 1st century BC, when King Vattagamani Abhaya, who had fled Anuradhapura to find refuge in Dambulla in 104 BC, created the cave complex when its title was restored. A huge golden Buddha, donated by Japanese benefactors in 2000, oversees the base of the site, overlooking the Buddhist Museum. The Golden Temple, some 150 metres higher, is actually reached by stairs on the left of the Buddhist Museum, carved in stone and invaded by monkeys. The climb is neither long nor exhausting, and in good weather, the walk is particularly appreciated. Once you pass the entrance where your tickets are checked and where you can leave your shoes, you enter a large outdoor courtyard all in length offering a superb view of the region. On the other side of the courtyard, under the rock, a corridor, whose exterior architecture was taken over in 1938, provides individual access to each of the 5 rooms.

The Golden Temple is a modern (and kitsch) temple located at the base of Rock Temple. Its style detonates strongly with the wonderful caves located above.... In short, it is in rather bad taste and its visit is dispensable. It was built in 2001 thanks to donations from Japanese benefactors and houses the Buddhist Museum, whose entrance is included in the price of access to the site. There are mainly reproductions of Rock Temple paintings and several statues and images of Buddha from local donations but also from Thailand, Myanmar, China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Golden Temple is overlooked by a huge golden Buddha, the Golden Buddha Statue

Rock Temple

Tickets are purchased just before starting the ascent. Rock Temple is 150 metres higher, and is accessed by stairs carved in stone. Once the entrance is passed, the shoes removed and the tickets checked, you enter a large and long outdoor courtyard with a superb view of the region. On the other side of the courtyard, under the rock, a corridor, whose architecture was taken over in 1938, provides individual access to each of the five rooms. Attention: shoulders and knees must be covered inside.

The finely executed frescoes you will discover were renovated in the 13th century. They cover a total of 6,000 m² of walls and are one of the richest examples of cave art in the world. They are completed by 157 statues (mainly of Buddha) of all sizes. The largest of the rooms measures 52 m by 23 m and 7 m high. The caves that have now been transformed into sanctuaries are only a few of the 80 or so of the vast complex that has been dug for more than 22 centuries. The entrances to these "forgotten" caves have been walled up as the history of the site progresses, the first faithful elements of which date back to the 1st century AD, when King Vattagamani Abhaya, who had fled Anuradhapura from Indian invaders, found refuge in his caves already occupied by monks.

First room (Dev Raja Viharaya - Temple of the King of the Gods). It owes its name to the god Vishnu, whose statue is found inside. There is a large fresco depicting the parinivana, i. e. the end of Buddha's earthly existence and his entry into nirvana, as well as a superb statue of Buddha lying 15 m long, and others depicted sitting
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Second room (Maha Raja Viharaya - Temple of the Great King). It is the largest. It would take its name from its investigator, who is believed to be King Vattagamani Abhaya. Two statues of kings are arranged inside, one of Valagamba, the other of Nissanka Malla, as well as several Hindu deities such as Kataragama, Ganesh, Vishnu and Wat Sama, no less than fifty-three statues of Buddha in various positions and a stupa surrounded by sitting Buddhas. The walls are entirely covered with historical frescoes depicting the life of Buddha and the spread of Buddhism on the island
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Third room (Maha Alut Viharaya - New Great Temple). This is the most recent one. It was built by order of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha, whose statue can be admired near the entrance to the hall. There are two large statues of Buddha, one sitting under an arch dominated by dragons, and one lying reminiscent of the statue in Room 1. There is also a collection of Buddhas carved into the rock of the room, and many colourful frescoes depicting many seated Buddhas
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Fourth room (Pascima Viharaya - Temple of the West). One can contemplate about fifty Buddha statues sitting in the posture of the dhyana mudra, used during meditation. The central statue is dominated by a magnificent torana painted in bright colours. Use a lamp to admire the ceiling entirely covered with paint
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Fifth room (Devana Alut Viharaya - Second New Temple). It is the most recent of the rooms. There too, there is a reclining Buddha, surrounded by many statues of reclining and standing Buddha. Above two of them, Muchalinda can be seen in the form of a cobra, which protected Buddha during his meditation

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Open every day from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. Input: Rs. 1,500. Keep 25 Rs per person to keep his shoes. Proper clothing (shoulders and knees covered).

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Morwé
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Visited in august 2019
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Un de mes coups de coeur au Sri Lanka! Il y règne une atmosphère particulière, et surtout, les parois entières des grottes sont recouvertes de peintures, ce qui est assez fascinant car elles épousent la roche et ses aspérités.
A savoir: depuis l'entrée, une bonne montée avec une volée d'escaliers vous attend, mais arrivé en haut, il faut repartir par la route qui descend pour aller chercher le ticket d'entrée ... et là, vous allez devoir à nouveau monter des escaliers. Mais ça vaut le coup de souffler et de suer son poids en eau. En plus , la vue est magnifique depuis là haut, on aperçoit le Rocher du Lion au loin. Vraiment, un incontournable!
ZOUZOUBIAN
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Visited in february 2019
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SPLENDIDE......
Après une sérieuse montée..... la satisfaction de découvrir un site de toute beauté! Très bien restauré et entretenu, l'ensemble donne une impression de quiétude malgré le monde (y aller de préférence en début de matinée ou fin d'après midi). Le contenu des grottes nous offre de belles surprises. A VOIR!!!!!!!
val&rie
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Visited in october 2017
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époustouflant !!
nous avions vu les photos mais le site est bien plus beau en réel.
nous y sommes allé en fin de journée, une belle lumière un endroit magnifique
ngjcl_en_voyage
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Visited in april 2017
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Site remarquable par sa situation . On accède par de nombreuses marches bien taillées dans la pierre au temple qui se compose d'une vaste terrasse bordée de bâtiments tout blancs donnant accès à 5 salles richement décorées de peintures et de sculptures. Elles sont très bien mises en valeur par un éclairage subtil. L'autre intérêt est la vue splendide depuis la terrasse. Site à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte malgré la montée un peu difficile par forte chaleur.
mavl39
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Visited in april 2017
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Très beau site auquel on accède par une petite grimpette. Attention aux nombreux singes ... La vue sur la campagne est superbe. Et la surprise est totale lorsque que l'on accède aux différentes grottes toutes plus belles les unes que les autres, avec des peintures impressionnantes et des bouddhas partout. Accès pieds nus ou en chaussettes.
Royanok
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Visited in february 2017
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Très beau site particulièrement intéressant avec ses bouddhas protégés dans des grottes. L'ensemble est splendide et mérite une visite au même titre que le rocher du lion.
miragesc
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Visited in february 2017
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Le temple au bas du site est kitchissime mais les grottes en haut sont exceptionnelles. De mon point de vue le plus beau site pour les sculptures et les peintures en très bon état. un site magnifique
katou
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Visited in march 2016
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Passé l'immense bouddha doré de l'entrée on grimpe vers ce temple bâti dans des grottes. Elles sont 5, toutes différentes les unes des autres mais toutes consacrées à Bouddha et à sa vie, que ce soit en peintures ou en statues, debout , assis ou couché (Il y en a plus de mille). C'est très beau et impressionnant. Ne pas oublier de prendre de l'eau car la montée est rude!
jeanmichmuch
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Visited in february 2016
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nouveauté 2016, c'est gratuit maintenant et ce depuis le début de l'année 2016
bon cela vraiment le coup de monter voir ces magnifiques grottes ornées, toutes différentes avec ses bouddhas couché, debout ou en alignement
belle vue sur la terrasse au sommet, attention à la montée avec les nombreux singes qui peuvent se montrer agressifs
elodelu7
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Lieu a ne pas manquer. De nombreuses statues de buddha et quelques rois. Impressionnant par sa construction particulière. Vous pourrez ausi contempler a foison de petits singes pendant l'ascension des marches.
mary99
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Magnifique! Cela vaut le détour, superbes fresques bien conservée dans des grottes et magnifiques sculptures dans la roche! Splendide, à ne pas manquer malgré le prix!
erzilius
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Il faut vite passer et oublier devant l'horrible Golden Temple en bas des escaliers et gravir ceux ci jusqu'au Rock temple.
Ça vaut l'effort car la deuxième grotte est une pure merveille avec le grand Boudha couché à droite de la grotte et des rangées entières de bouddhas assis, debout, tout le long des parois.
Fresques murales et au plafond splendides. Un lieu fascinant .
ladytravel
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Le site est cher pour le pays mais cela vaut le coup! les peintures sont bien conservées et les bouddhas grandioses
stephplouf
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Après une ascension de quelques minutes, l'arrivée dans ces 5 grottes est magiques. Ce lieu est impressionnant par sa quantité de statues de bouddhas, par la qualité de conservation de ses peintures et par l'atmosphère qui y règne. C'est effectivement un lieu à ne pas manquer.
saya33
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Nous avons trouvé ces grottes sublimes et mystiques...En y allant, nous ne nous étions pas vraiment fait d'idée et la surprise fut totale ! Certes, le site se mérite au vue des nombreuses marches, mais cela accentue le caractère magique du lieu ! A ne franchement pas manquer (contrairement à d'autres sites "touristiques" du pays)

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