9 木 L89 Sri Lanka
island [áilənd] 島
because of のお陰で
be surprised 驚く
for the first time 初めて
look like ように見える
used to -, 以前は〜だった。
more than 以上
drawn, draw 描くの過去分詞
enemies , enemy 敵
Eighth Wonder of the World 世界八番目の不思議
世界の七不思議の次Seven Wonders of the World
for yourself 自分で、自力で
That means Hello in my country’s two official languages. Can anyone guess who I am? My capital city used to be Colombo, but now it is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Good job if you know who I am. I am the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Sri means brightly shining and Lanka means island.
I am about 20 percent smaller than Hokkaido, and you can find me in South Asia. I am an island in the Indian Ocean just south of India. My population is about 20 million, and 70 percent of them are Buddhists. I think a lot of you know of me because of Ceylon tea and curry. Both are delicious, so you should try them when you come to my country.
Today, I want to tell you about mysterious drawings of several ladies. You can see them on a giant rock in the center of my country. The rock is a big rock mountain called Sigiriya. It is in the jungle, and I am sure you will be surprised when you see it for the first time. It looks like the gods Budda put a big rock down in the middle of the jungle.
Sigiriya is about 180 meters north to south, 100 meters east to west, and 200 meters tall. There are stone paws of a lion in the north part of the rock mountain. The name Sigiriya comes from this. It means lion rock.
You can see the colorful and elegant drawings of 18 ladies on the rocks today. But it is said that there used to be more than 500. People don’t really know who these sigiriya ladies are, but the drawings are certainly wonderful Sri Lankan art.
A long time ago, monks used to live on Sigiriya. But in the fifth century, a king built a new capital at Sigiriya. The Sigiriya ladies were drawn during this time. The king built a palace on the top the mountain so his enemies could not attack him. The main entrance of palace was between the lion’s paws.
There are also amazing gardens and ponds, and there is a water fountain that still works. Oh, and there is a mirror wall. Can you imagine a wall being a mirror? The stone wall was polished so the king could see himself in the wall.
Sigiriya is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. But there are many other things to see in my country. There is a special Buddhist temple called the Temple of the Tooth, and you can enjoy the wonderful view of tea fields. I hope you can come so you can see everything for yourself.