Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • I was in a tour group viewing this temple. The gold is almost overwhelming. Don't leave Colombo without visiting.  more »
  • City tour in colombo, when the business partners visit colombo the biggest issue when planning day tour in colombo to prepare the itinerary  more »
  • It was a pleasure to visit this time, seeing elephants inside the temple was unique for us, we really felt an atmosphere of worship and religion. I recommend to visit to all fans  more »
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  • One of famous tourist attraction in the capital of Sri Lanka. Calm and quiet place. Shrine has very nice colorful murals and statues. This temple has museum also. You can see smallest Buddha statue, old cars and lots of antiques and statues. Very good place visit with children.
  • More than a temple. It’s like a museum. You can see lot of things related to history of Sri Lanka and also Buddhism and other cultures. Really appreciate for showcasing them. But good if it can be more organized. While seeing museum stuff you can also worship, meditate or what you think good to do in a temple.
  • An amazing collection of relics, idols and all things related to Buddhism.. The whole atmosphere is serene and it would be great to take photographs without disturbing the devotees.. Buddha’s hair and the world’s smallest Buddha statue are added attractions
  • people saying “not worth the entry fee” go to one of the monks (bow) and ask for a blessed thread. it’s a bracelet style thread the temple gives, it has beautiful ivory and is a nice souvenir to wear. they also give blessed cards with nice copper inscriptions on them to keep in your wallet.
  • Lovely temple with large collection of various Buddha statues. Interesting artifacts (specs, watches and other items) collection, apparently used by gurus in the temple. A wall woorden facade has carvings of Buddha life story. Some information for foreign tourists would help in better understanding.

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