This modern statue represents the Buddha, and is at the entrance of the monastery of Dambulla. While the painted caves of the monastery are just gorgeous, the Buddha itself is really not that impressive. A plaque tells you it is the largest Buddha in the world, which is represented in the posture of Dhamma Chakka, and is 30 meters high. It is not even the largest Buddha on the island! But it gives the place a touch of amusement, while the caves behind are much more authentic. The majority of people come to visit the caves while others truly come for a moment to worship.