Day 2: Dambulla

Today we explored the ancient culture of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. We traveled by bus to get from Colombo to Dambulla so we could witness the beauty of The Golden Temple of Dambulla. Seeing as we were not in such a rush to get to our final destination, during the trip our tour guide would frequently stop and show us some of the many historical/interesting sights Sri Lanka has to offer. We were able to see a memorial where the first woman prime minister in the world was buried and the monument built for her legacy, we passed the point at which we were in the geographical center of the country, and we saw cows, monkeys, and bats travelling amongst the regular villagers . The Golden Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple carved out of a mountainside and was a beautiful piece of preserved history. It was very interesting to see everyday people in the middle of praise and worship for the Buddha in many different ways around the five caves. The scenery at the top of the mountain was so vivid and it had a beautiful natural tone. The sunset from the temple was beautiful. (Jordyn)

Today I was so happy because our trip was so fun. In the morning, we spent about seven hours on the bus. We ate snacks, listened to music, slept, and sang. At about 3:00 we had lunch and about 4:30 we arrived at the rock temple. We hiked up the hill and felt so tired. Then our tour guide took us to visit the exquisite temple. After the temple, we had dinner at the hotel. Today I tried some new things. I had the courage to sing in front of everyone on the bus, my friends and Anna taught me how to swim, and I also held a snake! Today was an amazing day! (Zijing [Zoe] Zhou)


Dambulla Cave Temple


Our guide Vijendra.


Many Buddhas.


The great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grand-tree of the Bodhi tree the Buddha found enlightenment under.