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Kandy 2012

This was the LAST Sri Lankan Kingdom, before it was captured by the British Empire about 200 years ago. Today it’s known as the country’s cultural capital. The city of Kandy sits on a plateau in central Sri Lanka, surrounded by mountains, and is famous for its many temples, with the main attraction being the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth – Sri Dalada Maligawa shrine.

Kandy, Sri Lanka
Birds-eye view of the historic cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Approaching the famous “Temple of the Tooth”
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Temple of the Tooth
Sri Dalada Maligawa
This entrance was destroyed by a bomb just a few years ago, and was recently restored to its former glory.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Beautiful tiling as you walk the tunnels leading inside the temple.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
The multi-coloured flag is the international flag of Buddhism, and is supposed to transcend all national flags.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
They say: Don’t turn your back on the Buddha! Kind of hard to do when there are buddha statues on *every* wall in the room!
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Ancient artworks inside the temple.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Ancient artworks inside the temple.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
View from the roof of the Temple of the Tooth. You are definitely NOT allowed up here. BUT I bribed one of the staff (not a monk!) to let me get up there to enjoy this amazing view. You can see in front of us the path we took to get to the temple (picture from earlier up the page).
Sri Dalada Maligawa
View from the roof of the Temple of the Tooth. You are definitely NOT allowed up here. BUT I bribed one of the staff (not a monk!) to let me get up there to enjoy this amazing view. You can see in front of us the path we took to get to the temple (picture from earlier in this album.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
My illegal view from the top of the temple….
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
THIS is the entrance to the room where they keep the tooth of the Buddha. They take it out once a year for an annual procession.
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Army monument, Kandy.
Army monument, Kandy.
Colourful Buddhist Temple in Kandy
A less grand, but no less colourful, Temple in Kandy.
Kandy is full of Buddhist temples
Kandy is full of Buddhist temples.
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