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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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  • A strange place, bewitching... loved it! I stayed there several hours... next time, I'll stay there a day...
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  • We enjoyed a look round this small temple. So many statues and icons to look at. Very calm place in the bustle of the city 
  • So there's a donation you have to do before you get in. First the man tried to charge me 1000rps. Then changed his mind into 300rps. I saw he did this with others also. I have was able to walk around ...  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.