Ancient Sri Lanka through the Eyes of a Chinese Monk

Between the years 629 and 645 AD the famous Chinese monk Xuanzang travelled through Central Asia and India to visit Buddhist sacred places, learn from Indian teachers and to collect copies of Buddhist scriptures. On his return to China, his extraordinary journey made him famous and the Emperor himself requested him to write an account of his adventures. The result was a book called ‘A Record of the West Compiled During the Tang Dynasty’ (Da Tang Xi Yu Ji).



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