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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. To visit Independence Square on your holiday in Colombo, and find out what else Colombo has to offer, use our Colombo vacation planner.
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  • Picturesque Monument with a small underground museum. Beautiful green gardens around and a nice gallery mall in a colonial building just next to the monument.  more »
  • We only stopped off quickly here on our way to our hotel to stretch our legs after a long journey. The monument is lovely and overlooks a very pretty and well maintained park. Nice place to relax.  more »
  • We stopped by here on a tour and enjoyed the experience. The carvings are very intricate and the story panels at the top depict key points of history and culture. Good short stop along the way. Would ...  more »

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