Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

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A World Heritage Site, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic plays home to one of Buddhism's most important relics, the tooth of the Buddha himself. Originally constructed in 1595, the temple played a key role in the nation's history, as local tradition held that the right to rule to country lay with the one who possessed the Buddha relic. You can enter the main hall of the temple and admire its vaulted ceilings and columned hallways adorned with golden statues of elephants, likenesses of the Buddha, and scenes from his life. Though you can't actually see the tooth itself, you'll get a chance to observe the gold casket that encloses it. Afterwards, you can wander the rest of the temple complex and discover its array of shrines, halls, and displays. Plan my trip to Kandy with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • We went on Boxing day which was a local holiday and the crowds were massive with people bringing offerings. Be patient and stay calm, just don't give way or you'll go backwards when queuing to see the...  more »
  • We went with an excellent guide who explained to us about the tooth relic, but there is also a very good exhibit in a separate room from the temple which tells the story of the sacred tooth relic. The...  more »
  • Beautiful temple in very good condition and very well maintained. It is mandatory to remove their shoes to visit so plan a thin pair of socks because with the Sun, at certain place the ground is very hot.
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