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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 11 2 435169
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Reckoned to be one of the best temples to visit in Sri Lanka, so paid it a visit whilst on a day tour from our Cruise Ship.Quite a non- descript building from the outside... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A 120 year old temple built with a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and China, arch. It is a must see.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Althought many guides, tuktuk drivers and hotel receptionists recommended me to visit the Gangaramaya Temple, I must say that I was deeply disappointed by it. It looks more like a commercial religious museum than experiencing the devote atmosphere of a Buddhist Temple, It is also the only temple as far as I know in Colombo that asks for an entrance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Reckoned to be one of the best temples to visit in Sri Lanka, so paid it a visit whilst on a day tour from our Cruise Ship.Quite a non- descript building from the outside, compared to other temples we've seen on our travels. $2 each entry fee and the obligatory removal of shoes. We entered what can only be described... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The temple is sprawling, has many buildings, no one obvious center, represents many styles (Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese and something else) and if anything contains as many gifts as sacred objects that run riot. There have been Hindu and Moslem gift offerings as well. They seem to have thought here that if one Buddha is good, 1000s of little ones... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing buddhist temple at the heart of the city, such calmness. Only people push for donations is slightly embarrassing..

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well... It was my first Asian Buddhist temple. It was crowded - not with people - but with trinkets, artworks, odds and ends. Dusty and unorganized (I'm really trying to not be culturally insensitive). I didn't understand. It didn't feel holy, it felt like it needed a good cleaning and some decluttering. My driver told me those are mementos of... More 

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kandy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

must visit place in Colombo, specially every Buddhist must visit. great museum. this place has lots of thing to learn.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Gangarama temple is situated in Colomobo-2 ( slave island) Famous Navam perahera (festival) held in February every year. I guess, this festival just second to Kandy temple of tooth. Some statues of Thai Buddhas, Chinese bodhisattvas, Hindu gods and mini museum with treasure can seen. The shrine baby elephant can seen some time.

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Thank razvi397
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are loads of things to see inside the temple. Also you can see many interesting things at the museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is so much to see in this temple complex which feels so peaceful and spiritual. There are some wonderful antiques in the museum like old radios, which make you think of your grandparents, and superb Buddha statues covered in gold and gemstones. The tree in the middle is interesting too.

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