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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 435169
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What a weird place.....

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's... read more

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manchester
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This was an amazing temple. Rambling rooms on various levels contained so much stuff it's difficult to describe it all! Many, many Buddha statues, from massive to tiny were surrounded by gifts from supporters. These donated objects included valuable gold and ivory items and ancient manuscripts cheek by jowl with dusty plastic flowers, old typewriters and a stuffed elephant. There... More 

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Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is No Entrance fee at all! People there ask you to pay a ticket which is actually a "donation to children"as they said. No one should be forced to donate! Obviously, they can not give you a ticket but a receipt. Ticket is for everyone, and the only differences are local prices and foreign prices. When you find locals... More 

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oxford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's plenty of spirituality but the tourists outnumber the worshipers 5-1. Take time to look at the main prayer sanctuary which is located ar the front right, as this contains the most... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is very nice temple located in the city of Colombo. A great place for any body who visit Colombo. Avoid the evening visits as there are so many people. Best time is morning or late afternoon.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a nice and calm place. The main hall Buddha statues are simply awesome. The entire place and the museum is very clean and neatly maintained. However, didn't liked the idea of collective ticket-money for a temple visit. Never paid any money to visit a church or temple....

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple is very odd - it's got a labyrinth-like design, with small nooks and crannies popping up all over the place. And it is just SATURATED in random objects that have been donated - from watches, to small statues, to cars, to toys, to a fake (but very life-like) elephant. Everything is sorted in groups, but you feel like... More 

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a " buddhist" every month first week,so far this year, starting from last year, I have been visiting the Gangaramaya temple continuously. I'm not that devoted or anything but with my day to day mundane work, once a month a visit to this temple, the sprinkle of water, the serenity, the sense of calmness i gain is immense. I... More 

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple was the highlight of my visit to Colombo. The admission price $2 pp ( for "obvious" foreigners only), also included admission to Seema Malaka, a Beautiful Buddhist Temple which sits on Beira Lake a block away. In fact, we found Seema Malaka first and spend time relaxing in the cool breeze before venturing over to Gangaramaya Temple.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit. Old little bit run down but added to the attraction. Lot of history One of the best Temples I have visited

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Emu Plains, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A Buddhist temple in the centre of Colombo. A place worthwhile seeing if you are in Colombo or near Gall Face Green area.

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