The millennia-old historical site of Sigiriya is one of the highlights of the "Cultural Golden Triangle" in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya is an ancient city of Sri Lanka. The millennia-old historical site of Sigiriya is located approximately 170 kilometers northeast of Colombo in Sri Lanka and is one of the highlights of the "Cultural Golden Triangle" in Sri Lanka. The center of the ancient city of Sigiriya is an approximately 200-meter-high red natural rock that stands in the tropical rainforest and resembles a lying lion. Therefore, this red giant rock is called "Lion Rock". The Lion Rock is not only famous for the former garden palace on the top of the rock, but also for the Sigiriya murals here. These cliff-stone murals are the only non-religious murals that have survived in Sri Lanka's history. They are treasures of Sri Lanka's ancient art and one of the four most important art monuments in ancient Southeast Asia. The Ancient City of Sigiriya was included in the "World Heritage List" in 1982.