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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  • August 17, 2017
    a very different kind of a temple.. a must see in Colombo. solute beautiesThe large standing idol and the marble idol of buddha were a  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Next to the temple on the water, there is also an ancient temple a lot further on. In this temple are displayed all kinds of gifts of small gifts to watches and even cars.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We were conned by our tuk tuk driver into visiting this temple (he claimed there was a festival going on which there just wasn't) and upon arrival he showed us the temple elephants. The elephants were...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Quite fascinating as a "cut and paste" operation of a temple-cum-museum, but not much else. Worth a stop if one has free time on one's hands, but not a "must see" attraction by any means. More bona fide temples can be found elsewhere around Sri Lanka for sure!
  • June 12, 2017
    Fantastic visit (June 12). Worth while despite to heat and rain (monsoon season). Clean, organized and spectacular statues. Do not miss it.
  • July 12, 2017
    Relaxing and religious place in the middle of urban city but not clean since it's surrounded by sewerage water lake.
  • January 31, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    An extremely holy place to visit in colombo,this temple is one of the biggest and famous buddhist temple in srilanka the place contains thousands of antiques decorated all around, the glimpse of enlightenment can be feel while roaming around these holy place.

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