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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  • August 16, 2017
    Independence Square has a wonderful garden around the main Independence Memorial Hall, which is an excellent place to bring your kids to play. It also has a nice walking/jogging track. You can even re...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Independence Memorial Hall and, at Independence Hall. In a serious presence "magnificence". The narrative offers a symbolic representation of architectural motif of the emblem of Sri Lanka (Lion), architectural style, and Theravada Buddhism (Lotus, elephant) "Sri Lanka". On the ceiling of 1 and are decorated with carved relief of up to 28. In the Sri Lanka national historical dioramas. Seems to pass the "national" identity visually because Sri Lanka are actually multi-cultural for gimmicks. Colombo is the Sun is intense, tropical. Under the Sun's searing heat, but this Memorial is through the wind from all sides and comfortable. Staff, always been a place of recreation and relaxation for citizens. I think you spend likely be no nothing of this Memorial, in a non Japanese people tend to ask "what is meaningful. Useless for that.
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  • July 28, 2017
    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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  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • July 14, 2017
    Urban beauty you can see it here. Beautiful Garden. Luxuary shopping malls. It's gives good relax sitting in there.
  • July 11, 2017
    Contains luxurious and branded shops. Many delicious food options as well. Movie theater is located on 1st floor.

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