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Buddhist Museum & Museum of Wall Paintings

A treasure trove of historical monuments and paintings

The Buddhist Museum and Museum of Wall Paintings in Dambulla is a paradise for history and art lovers. It is located 500 metres south of the main caves’ parking area within walking distance from ancient Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. A visit to the museum is a must before or after you visit the Golden Caves of Dambulla.

A huge golden buddha statue marks the entrance to the museum. You enter the museum through a colourfully sculptured lion’s mouth. The size of the golden buddha statue is sure to astonish anybody who visits the museum for the first time. It is considered as Asia’s largest Buddha statue in the Dhyan Chakra mudra. A row of statues of monks carrying offerings stands on the right side of the Buddha statue. This path leads to a terrace where you can spend some time in tranquility and peace at the foot of the buddha statue.

You can take a quick walk through the museum of wall art which contains mostly of replica paintings of wall and mural paintings found from various places in the country that belongs to different historical eras. The Museum of Wall Paintings explains how Sri Lankan art has evolved from cave paintings to the 20th century. If you are interested in Sri Lankan art this is the best place to visit and get educated. Each wall painting that are on display at the museum has its own story. The museum is also a Research Center and a painting conservation place. This is the only painting museum in Sri Lanka which exhibit some historically and culturally significant paintings of ancient Sri Lanka.

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