BPISL stands for Buddhist Places in Sri Lanka, and this is the most successful project that I'm working on right now which I started in December 2008 with an idea came to my mind visiting after Lankathilaka Rajamaha Viharaya in Gampola. Agenda of the project is to tell and unveil many Buddhist places in Sri Lanka to people who does have an enthusiasm about Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture and Arts can visit and get to know more information.
What is unique about Lankathilaka Rajamaha Viharaya is that it is an ancient temple built by King Buwenekabahu the 4th in 14th Century AD and this temple which I visited on 22nd of December 2008 was built on top of a rock and it does have a really unique eco-system around it.
I was extremely amazed. I was so happy and there are no words to explain that feeling. I was hypnotized to the amazing paintings, architectural designs, crafts of this temple. For the first time in my life, I have asked from myself "How many unpopular and unknown Buddhist Religious Places in Sri Lanka like this?". From that day, I have started to collect information and visit Sri Lankan Buddhist Places (Both ancient and modern) continuously.
I have faced GCE Ordinary Level Examination in 2009. After the end of the final subject (22nd of December, 2009), I ran to my home and started to create a Facebook Page. I forgot to change my clothes and take the lunch. I was so excited. After spending many hours, finally I have created a simple Facebook Page and named it as "Buddhist Places In Sri Lanka".
It was started as a small scale project at the beginning. But today it is a large scale project. We publish information about Sri Lankan Buddhist temples from this project. We are mainly focusing for images. Because anyone can get an idea very quickly through an image, before reading a text. Currently we have more than 8000 image collection.
Our target audience is foreigners. Because they like to travel in Sri Lanka. They like to visit historical places. They can plan a well organized trip to Sri Lanka, after analyzing our images and information. We have a huge collection of 5 star positive reviews from many foreigners around the world.
According to our experiences in social media, we do not rely on Sri Lankans. 99% people have no interest about these kind of stuffs. They only look about the Beauty. Not about the historical values. If we post an image, many foreigners write comments and ask very important and intelligent questions about the importance of the image, about kings, about legends, about contradictory opinions etc. But 99% of Sri Lankans write "Saadhu Saadhu Saadhu" as comments... and that's all.
The main objectives of this project is to provide correct, reliable data and information about Sri Lankan Buddhist Places, to promote unpopular Sri Lankan Buddhist Sites and to contribute tourism industry of Sri Lanka. Among these years, we have managed to build a fan base around 40 000 local and foreign people. In addition, we are very proud to say that this is the First Facebook "page" in the world that focused on Sri Lankan Buddhist Religious sites.
At the beginning, I have selected Facebook social media, because we can spread our content to a huge target audience at onace via Facebook. But only a Facebook page is not enough. Because there are lot of people who do not use Facebook.
We have organized all our albums according to provinces and districts (Alphabetical order) in this website. Not only the images and description; But also we are providing Geo Locational maps, Videos, Nearby accommodations, Museums etc. In addition we are publishing images of Buddhist festivals and events through this website.
Hence we have arranged all the web pages in a user friendly way, anyone can get data and information very easily. In addition, we are in top 10 web pages in Search Engine results.
Danula Randika Wickramaarachchi
[Founder & Content Manager : 2008 - Present]
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org