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Golden Cave Temple

Address: Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the 2nd century. It is a...
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Type: Religious sites, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Golden Cave Temple is a cave-temple complex that dates back before the 2nd century. It is a religious site that is significant to buddhist and hindu faiths.
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The view of the Buddha looking down on the entrance is strikingly imposing. As one climbed the steps and flat rock to the left hand side, one couldguage how large the Buddha statue really was. The climb to the caves is not easy for those over a certain age but if done at a slow pace, then the summit can... More 

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GlosUK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The first sight of the Golden Buddha statue - rising in the distance from among the trees - is awesome ( much over-used word, but in this case justified). The precincts are remarkably quiet for such an attraction, even though we went in the late afternoon. My guidebook says the climb to the cave temples takes 10-15 minutes. Are you... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The largest golden statue in the world is very tacky and gaudy, apparently provided by Chinese money. We didn't go into the museum. NOTE - schoolboy error, the ticket booth for the caves is located at the bottom of the hill, not in the museum, but to the right of the statue in the car park. Do not do as... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed this temple. We are relative novices when it comes to Buddhism. The temple was a good place to start our learning journey. The caves are very interesting as are the various statues of Buddha. It is worth having a guide to explain the site to make the most of it if your knowledge is on a similar level.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

After reading the mixed reviews on this site, we decided to give it a try and we were so happy we did! There are alot of stairs so I'd recommend that you do this in the AM--we did it in the afternoon and took advantage of every shady spot! Also-another good reason to do this in the morning is that... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I dunno why they have to charge $10 to see this, its kinda steep. The caves are cool to see, but nothing that will blow you away. Add in hordes of tourists shoulder to shoulder in the caves, and a really sweaty 15 min uphill walk to the caves, and i give this place a so-so review. Certainly not a... More 

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Verwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Set in natural caves, many Buddhas carved from the stone. Be prepared to walk up steep hill and take your water bottle with you. Guides at the top to take you round, very hot though!

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Worth a visit if you're going north/south from/to Kandy and want to stretch your legs during a 4 hour bus trip, but not really worth a detour. Though of historical importance, cave temples alike (and probably less crowded) can be found all over the country. Unless, of course, you're a temple/Buddhist enthusiast and really look forward to seeing the beautiful... More 

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Wincanton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There are other places worth spending time such as the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. If you are a Buddhist then I am sure this would be fascinating.

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sandy utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I thought the statues and paintings were well worth the climb which wasn't very hard. The time frame on these paintings was impressive.

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