The art of processing wood in Sri Lanka goes far back into the centuries. Some examples of medieval masterpieces of wooden architecture, which have survived to this day almost untouched, can be seen throughout the country. These are, for example, wooden roofs and pillars of the temples of Lankatilaka, Embekke Devalaya, wooden structures in the auditorium of Kandy, Ambalama (rest tents and benches) in Colombo
, as well as some elements of the decor of palaces and arbors in Mangalagam in the Kurunegali area. Examples of the skilful creation of wooden architecture of the 18th century are located mainly in Kandy and around this city in Devalas (temples), Viharas (mansions) and in palaces and Pansals (Buddhist places of worship).