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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  • Super tuk tuk driver he treated us superbly and Sri Lanka is a nice place to visit I can recommend any one to visit Colombo gangarama temple call Samantha  more »
  • Main Buddhist temple in Colombo. Entrance fee is Rs300. Main hall is impressive. The rest of the temple which you can walk through is messy and run down. A bit of a let-down. They hold prayer or cerem...  more »
  • Therawada Buddhist temple. It also having variety collection of antiques as well as antique cars. Nice calm place to visit. Tourist attraction also. Highly recommend.  more »
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  • 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!
  • Fantastic visit (June 12). Worth while despite to heat and rain (monsoon season). Clean, organized and spectacular statues. Do not miss it.
  • Relaxing and religious place in the middle of urban city but not clean since it's surrounded by sewerage water lake.
  • 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.
  • 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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