Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo

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Visit Independence Memorial Hall, where Prince Henry put an end to five centuries of colonial rule and gave independence to Sri Lanka. At the entrance, you can see the statue of D.S. Senanayake, the nation's first prime minister, before stepping into the assembly hall, which served as the royal court of the last kingdom on the island, the King of Kandy. The building and statues give a sense of the site's impressive history and cultural importance. Don’t miss the chance to visit the basement museum, which hosts exhibits on the country’s colonial history, highlighting Sri Lanka's struggle to achieve independence. In addition, the museum features exhibits on the country’s ancient literature and art. When you step outside to see locals jogging around the grounds, sit on a bench, enjoy the nature, and appreciate the place where history was made. Use our Colombo journey planning site to arrange your visit to Independence Memorial Hall and other attractions in Colombo.
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  • You have to know the history if not it is just a hall giving you some shade from the sun. Nice surroundings . Good space.  more »
  • A short visit is sufficient to view a moment of history. The square was built by the first prime minister after Sri Lanka’s independence on 5 February 1948. Love the carvings on the pillars...  more »
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