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Arcade Independence Square, Colombo

Categories: Shopping Malls, Shopping
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The Arcade Independence Square is a shopping complex housed in a group of renovated buildings including the former Jawatta Lunatic Asylum and the former Western Provincial Council Building. It was built as a part of the Independence Square Redevelopment programme initiated by the Sri Lankan Government.HistoryThe building was originally constructed in 1889, as a lunatic asylum, Jawatta Lunatic Asylum (also known as the Cinnamon Gardens Asylum), for Rs 450,000. In 1875 the then Governor, Sir William Gregory, based on the recommendations of the Principal Civil Medical Officer, Dr. W R Kynsey, decided to build a new aylum to replace the existing facility at Borella. Issues over the location and design meant that construction did not commence until 1879, following the intervention of the new Governor, Sir James Longdon. Even then further construction of the building was delayed until 1882. The building consisted of an entrance block, two patient wings (accommodating 400 patients) connected to the central administration and a boundary wall. Longdon defended the cost of the facility stating at the time, "The asylum is a series of one-storey buildings of the plainest type. The walls are of brick plastered, because of the climate plastering is found requisite for the preservation of buildings. There is no expensive ornamentation, or indeed any ornament at all, unless a short ungraceful and inexpensive tower over the entrance designed for the clock can be called an ornament. The enclosing walls are of ordinary cabook, such as is universally used for garden walls in Colombo." The Jawatta Asylum suffered from overcrowding within years of completion, housing over 500 patients. In 1917 a new larger facility was constructed at Angoda, with all the patients being transferred from Jawatta by 1926.
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  • If ur a shopaholic of fine brands this is the place to be!. Most of the international brands are there are at a price of course n it is worth the visit!. Please bring in more brands to this shopping h...  read more »
  • Located in City Center, Great Architectural building, one of the best place for shopping in Colombo city, lots of international brands are available. Few options of restaurants are also available. Kee...  read more »
  • Wonderful craftsmanship.. The old mental asylum turned into a shopping mall. Love their architecture. Its like walking in a maze.. There's two restaurants and a tea lounge and a cinema.. 
  • Empire cinema is a good place to watch movies. introduced a new way of watching movies. Got good comfortable chairs
  • pretty interesting place. looking for a place chilling outing in evening this is the best place for that around Central colombo. there are plenty of foot stole in here, looking for the shopping? yeh good place for that. bit expensive that the other places but everything are original.
  • Good place to visit.. Goods are expensive compare to other places. Have enough foods and shops. Nice place to get wedding photos.
  • This is a modern shopping complex in a set of renovated buildings which date back to late 1800's. The buildings were renovated preserving their colonial architectural features. Plenty of shopping and dining options are there.
  • its a one of the beautiful land mark in SriLanka. #akiy |
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