Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo

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Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist temple complex noted for its eclectic architecture, a blend of modern, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and other styles. Established in the late 19th century, the historic temple is dedicated not only to prayer and meditation, but also education and charity. Admire the opulent temple facade, its numerous statues and decorations, and a vast collection of antiques, paintings, jewelry, and countless other items, mostly gifts donated to the head monk by loyal devotees. Take a look at our Colombo journey planner to schedule your visit to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • To be honest it's really our thing thus the 3 star however this one has amazing gifts you name it they have it it's like a museum ie vintage cars And the gold wow The building are quite impressive too...  more »
  • It was the first temple we visited on the trip and after 10' days this island is the most enriching cultural, we saw it with the tuk tuk driver and they were very kind. Of course everything is paid on this island but this was reasonable for two people € 4 approximate.
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  • Kind of unkempt and dusty collection of offerings are interesting. You name it. We liked the old pottery plates and junky cameras. Needs some explanation but gets you out of the weather.  more »
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  • Interesting place. A monks and guardians are very friendly and helpful. They allowed me to take a picture inside the building. I've seen many odd stuffs such as an old pictures, souvenirs and small art moments in the other rooms but no time take a picture. I've also found that this temple is keeping a Buddha's hair.
  • Must visit for a tourist if you love history, architecture, art in general. Beautiful temple with a lot to offer. It also has a museum inside. Huge premises. It can take you a couple of hours if you want to go through each and every part. No parking Restrooms are located behind the temple. Other small temple in the lake nearby is a must visit.
  • Unique building to walk around but I thought it was kind of a let down on the inside. The first room you see on the self-guided tour is by far the greatest, and then it's all kind of down hill from there. A few statues here, a big tree there, and then some more statues over there...
  • Neat experience to see a Buddhist Temple. Lots of old artifacts. Entrance fee was 300 rupees per adult. Part of the temple is across the street on the water but you can use the same ticket to access both parts. You'll also need to take off your shoes while walking around the Temple.
  • One of the famous temples in Colombo. If you go on a less busy day there's plenty of things to see and enjoy. Calm quiet and serene.
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