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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo
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Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist temple complex noted for its eclectic architecture, a blend of modern, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and other styles. Established in the late 19th century, the historic temple is dedicated not only to prayer and meditation, but also education and charity. Admire the opulent temple facade, its numerous statues and decorations, and a vast collection of antiques, paintings, jewelry, and countless other items, mostly gifts donated to the head monk by loyal devotees. To visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple on your holiday in Colombo, and find out what else Colombo has to offer, use our Colombo vacation generator.
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  • This is an historic temple and museum with diety's and statuettes from the smallest to very big. The Museum is worth seeing! Venerable Asiji and Hamduro were an absolute honour and privilege to meet! ...  more »
  • Well worth a visit when in Colombo. Our guide explained the items and the history of the temple, which made the visit more interesting. The temple is some 120 years old and one of the oldest in the re...  more »
  • Totally not what we expected. This is so not a tourist temple. Yes, there were tourists there, but the number of actual worshippers far far out numbered them. The temple is quite cavernous and has a l...  more »
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  • After walking around the city looking at attractions all morning it was nice to have some peaceful time at this temple. With a modest fee to enter, this location provides some peace and quiet during the otherwise hectic day. The statues and adornments are wonderful to behold, and the natural beauty enhances your sensory experience. Highly recommended.
  • A majestic Buddhist temple came up to this level due to the Sole effort of the Chief Monk Ver galaboda Gnanissara Thero. Holds a annual Perahara.
  • It is a must visit place for both local and foreign tourists to Colombo. Situated within close proximity to all star class city hotels, it's great place to relax your mind and discover Buddhist customs and values of Sri Lankan's. It has a big collection of Buddha statues from various era of Sri Lankan history and also from other Buddhist nations such as Thailand, Japan & China.
  • Feels more like an exhibit of random statues and relics in a mostly modern building, than an authentic Buddhist temple. Touristy. Plus very high "tourist tax" - entrance fee of 300 LKR for foreigners. Unethical practice that unfortunately seems rather widespread in Colombo. On the plus side - they have comfy chairs, if you want to sit down for a read.
  • Situated in the heart of colombo and one of the must see tourist destinations in the Colombo town. There's a museum too. The "nawam maha perahara" is organized by the Gangaramaya temple.