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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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  • The first spot I visited in sri lanka, about 300 rupees and includes transportation to another temple close to it and a guide to explain you stuff. They take you to a jewelry and gems shop and really ...  more »
  • Leaving aside my tuk tuk driver ripping me off on my first outing in Sri Lanka this place was very average. It is not particular grand or attractive. The "hair" of Buddha looks like he needs to condit...  more »
  • Much more than a temple in the conventional term, but a place of worship, a seat of learning and a cultural centre.  more »
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  • Fantastic visit (June 12). Worth while despite to heat and rain (monsoon season). Clean, organized and spectacular statues. Do not miss it.
  • Nice temple. But the museum in the upstairs needs naming of articles and it's significance. It seems the old and modern articles are stored here. At the Bodhi tree, I met an old person during my visit who upkeeps the cleanliness. Thanks to his sincerity. I liked the watch museum too downstairs.
  • This would have to be the most extraordinary Buddhist Temple I have ever been to in the world. It has the most eclectic range of items in its 'collection'. Naturally the highlight is within the Temple itself and the Buddha 'relic'. Was a little surprised by the compulsory entry charge of Rs300pp but the place is so amazing, it was worth it. When I thought I had seen it all, a monk playing games with a cat, is surpassed by the arrival of an elephant through the front gate and it to its stables beside the vintage Rolls Royce, Mercedes and MG (of course 😁). The ' museum ' looks more like a jumble sale to me. Old typewriter, butter lamps, elephant tusks, tourist posters, bracelet etc. Just a hoot to visit.
  • I was lucky to visit Gangaramaya Temple during the Vesak celebration. There were amazing fireworks and performances. The place is very peaceful and surely a visit when in Colombo.
  • This is one of the popular temples in Sri Lanka. Once I went in I realized that, this temple shows the religious connection of Thailand and Sri Lanka as there were many Budhdha Statues which look similar to the budhdha statues in Thailand. It has a museum also.