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. Take a look at our Colombo journey planner to schedule your visit to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • To be honest it's really our thing thus the 3 star however this one has amazing gifts you name it they have it it's like a museum ie vintage cars And the gold wow The building are quite impressive too...  more »
  • It was the first temple we visited on the trip and after 10' days this island is the most enriching cultural, we saw it with the tuk tuk driver and they were very kind. Of course everything is paid on this island but this was reasonable for two people € 4 approximate.
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  • Kind of unkempt and dusty collection of offerings are interesting. You name it. We liked the old pottery plates and junky cameras. Needs some explanation but gets you out of the weather.  more »
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  • One of the nicest temples within the Colombo city limit. This has a good history and make sure you have enough time to spend there, there are lot to see in this temple, it would take at least 2 hours if you wanna fully discover the temple. Much more historical items are in display, also different cultures of buddha statues can be seen. Specially they have mini chairs to sit for the people who come to visit the temple, people can sit in a mini chair and worship the lord Buddha. Temple has a cool atmosphere even in day time, full of greenery too. Must visit place in Colombo.
  • This is a very nice temple to visit. This is situated in a calm environment. There are thousands of Buddha statues. Do meditation here. You will feel peaceful and relax of mind.
  • Very nice temple. Very calm and loads of statues. Something to see there. A must go!! You can't purchase anything here. Make sure you donate some rupees to temple
  • Rs 300 gets you into Gangaramaya Temple - the temple of the hair: so called because it contains a piece of the Buddha’s hair. It's possibly one of the strangest temples a tourist can find. It is a hoarder's paradise. It's as if someone decided they were going to collect everything from every period regardless of their value. There is even a collection of vintage cars including two old Rolls Royce’s which were used on Queen Elizabeth’s visit. There are old cameras, sets of cutlery, rifles, swords, pairs of glasses, the trivia of people's lives but, unlike most museums, these are simply placed in cabinets without labels or explanation. The temple itself is beautiful. At the time I visited there were very few tourists and it was great just to wander round and soak up the ambiance.
  • Marvelous temple. So many things to see. I went to the temple last 17th of April 2018. I got Rs. 51/- as a blessing gift to keep in the wallet. Everybody who came to the temple at that time got it.
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