Independence Square, Colombo

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Relax in the lush gardens surrounding Independence Square, right in the heart of Colombo. Paved pathways cross the square, offering an ideal space for taking a walk, jogging, and cycling. Opposite the square sits Memorial Hall, built in 1948 to celebrate the country's independence from British rule. Satisfy your shopping needs at the nearby mall, home to a vast array of various designer brands. Use our Colombo trip planner to visit Independence Square on your trip to Colombo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • An excellent example of co-existence of a a historical place with quaint shopping complex. The glorious ambience of the square is also coupled with easy accessibility through various transport systems...  more »
  • I recommended to visit there because it has historic past and value. Best place for meet up friends and for little picnics.  more »
  • The natives or go for a jog, or playing with their children, is a laid-back atmosphere, such as laid-back as a place of recreation and relaxation. I think you can break in if time was not open so I went early in the morning near the shop, open shop, the good location. Local model who is as nice had also taken place.
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