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Seema Malaka Temple, Colombo

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Rising elegantly from the rippling surface of Lake Beira, Seema Malaka Temple spreads across three raised platforms in the lake, connected to each other and to the mainland by pontoon bridges. Observe the chaotic southern parts of Colombo on the lakeshore from the breezy benches, sitting among statues in the middle of water. Originally built in the late 19th century and redesigned in 1979, the temple offers space for meditation rather than worship and is dedicated for both Buddhists and Hindus. Note the structure's composition of collected spindles and handrails in wooden finishes, and its roof covered by blue tiles. To visit Seema Malaka Temple and get the most from your holiday in Colombo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Colombo holiday planner.
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  • A magnificent example of Sri Lankan traditional architecture, which is a part of Gangaramaya situated in the middle of Beira lake. It is only few meters from Gangaramaya to this location. This is used...  more »
  • Also, unfortunately, only passed by inside were not. But the appearance undoubtedly impressive. in the case of the pleasure to visit.
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  • Templito at the Lake in the center of Colombo. Very well kept and very picturesque, to be in the Lake. The contrast to the skyscrapers that border it is striking. What is most worthwhile of Colombo.
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  • This is a temple in a small island and great place to escape city limits for a moment. Temple itself enrich with great history and one of the famous temples in Sri Lanka.
  • Looks very nice during vesak. A temple in an island with great historical value and great views all around..
  • This seema malakaya will make us isolated for a moment. It is very cool and nice place to do religious practice.
  • Relaxing place on the lake - perfect to escape city turmoil and for a meditation. Beautiful Buddha statues.
  • Picturesque area specially during vesak festive season. These images are from 2017 vesak festival.

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