The history of the Golden Temple does not exceed beyond 250 years. This had been initially originated as one of the monastery of the Rock Temple. To day the Golden Temple turns out to be a Temple possessing all the prescribed characteristics needed for its completeness. There is an entrance path across the magnificent The Golden Temple to the Royal Rock Temple of Dambulla. The uniqueness to this temple is that it possesses the foremost Buddha Statue of the World designed in the pose of Dhamma Chakka. The construction work of this magnificent statue was started in 1998 and made it completed by the year 2001. Just below the golden statue and environmental landscaping displays, a modern museum displays recent history of Sri Lankan Buddhist culture.