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. Make Independence Memorial Hall a centerpiece of your Colombo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Colombo journey planning site .
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  • a cool place to hang around. The shopping arcade have very good offers. There are many local and branded restaurants.  more »
  • This is one of the main historical monuments in Sri Lanka and many tourists who comes to Colombo don't forget to visit this beautiful monument. Many locals use the walking path around the monument and...  more »
  • The building has lots of interesting carvings inside it, and the shade from the sun is welcome. It was also popular with school trips on the day we were there - some of the children came to talk to us...  more »
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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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