CLIENT: Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
PRODUCT/SOLUTION: Pocket Trips™
Sigiriya or Sinhagiri (Lion Rock Sinhalese: සීගිරිය) is an ancient rock fortress located in the central kurunegala District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning
Most of the local and foreign tourists who visits Sigiriya may not have a reliable source to get the information about the Sigiriya. Not only the history and the cultural value of the Sigiriya, but also the important locations which tourists need visit essentially. Sigiriya is a fairly large area. If the right information are not received, tourists may miss many important locations. Most of the information providers are not properly trained and tourists may not receiving the reliable information.
LDR Sri Lanka with collaboration of LDR Singapore visited Sigiriria to develop digital trail. LDR Sri Lanka team together to LDR Singapore representatives visited almost all locations of Sigiriya to capture important photographs and locations information. This was wonderful experience for the both LDR Sri Lanka and Singapore team. They were able discover many information which some of us learnt first time. LDR team together with LDR Lanka partner resources were able capture many details on following areas in Sigiriya.
- Pleasure Garden and Fountain Garden
- The Monastic Caves and Boulder Garden
- Audience Hall
- Cobra Hood Cave
- Path to Sigiriya Frescos
- The Sigiri Apsaras or Damsels
- The Mirror Wall and Sigiriya Graffiti
- Terrace of the Lion Staircase
- Along the Iron Stairway to summit
- Kashyapa’s Citadel and Palace
- Western Rock face
- The Rock bottom Terrace
When LDR team was conducting the survey for the trail, the team realised that Sigiriya is full of cultural and historical values. Many of LDR Lanka team members had visited Sigiriya before but most of us had not discovered things which the team discovered during our trail.
Using our highly versatile, Pocket Trips™ platform, we have created sample digital tail to Sigiriy with lacation based service of the Pocket Trip Platform (GPS). As a future advancement, we could create hotspots within Sigiriya using Beacons, and Image Recondition (IR) technologies. Using GPS, IR and Beacon technologies of the Pocket Trip Platform, all other related information for tourists such as Hotels, restaurants, Information centres, Shops for souvenirs could be incorporated in into the trail. This developed trail becomes could become not only a digital tourist guide but also a marketing tool too.
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