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Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo

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Visit Independence Memorial Hall, where Prince Henry put an end to five centuries of colonial rule and gave independence to Sri Lanka. At the entrance, you can see the statue of D.S. Senanayake, the nation's first prime minister, before stepping into the assembly hall, which served as the royal court of the last kingdom on the island, the King of Kandy. The building and statues give a sense of the site's impressive history and cultural importance. Don’t miss the chance to visit the basement museum, which hosts exhibits on the country’s colonial history, highlighting Sri Lanka's struggle to achieve independence. In addition, the museum features exhibits on the country’s ancient literature and art. When you step outside to see locals jogging around the grounds, sit on a bench, enjoy the nature, and appreciate the place where history was made. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Independence Memorial Hall and many more Colombo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Colombo vacation route planner.
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  • Nothing fancy but pleasant stroll. There is little or no tourists. Many sri Lankan lovers get there walk. It is a calm and quiet place.
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  • As others wrote, it has great value for people from Sri Lanka. It is a nice, open building. A roof on columns. Here flies the national flag. School children are guided by teachers and get explanation here. Good that they get to see and explanation of this democracy. For foreigners the further expressing past you. There is nothing in the English translation so it was fast run button.
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  • This is a meeting place for locals. So in the evening, especially on weekends and there's a lot of people. Below the building is a museum admission ticket sold at the entrance, there is nothing particularly distinguished, Sami go all see)
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  • A beautiful afternoon at Independence Square. Well maintained and an opportunity to see the old colonial architecture. The expansive green spaces, buildings and history captivate. No entry fee, ample parking, clean and safe. Lots to see or just hang out and enjoy the views. My second trip to Colombo and both times I took the time to visit this historic location. I would add it to the must visit locations when in the capitol city of Colombo.
  • Great place to shop. Some upmarket brands and a good cinema with 2 small screens. Plenty of things to see and a place with a lot of history. Some good clean toilets if you need to use them are located in 2 areas. A state bank and a private bank ATM are also located within the premises. Plenty of places to eat and enjoy the evening.
  • Very beautiful place. Ample parking at main entrances and rear entrances from independent square. Renowned Branded shopping malls. Very good place to do family shopping. Seasonal offers are available for credit cards.
  • Urban beauty you can see it here. Beautiful Garden. Luxuary shopping malls. It's gives good relax sitting in there.
  • Contains luxurious and branded shops. Many delicious food options as well. Movie theater is located on 1st floor.

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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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