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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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This place is really peace full we visit in side temp all and is was really nice quiet place and weather was good

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is really peace full we visit in side temp all and is was really nice quiet place and weather was good

Thank nanthaya d
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Place was very peaceful and soothing. Few things were very old and rare. Antique shop on left corner has good quality souvenirs. A bit expensive though.

Thank Hitesh13
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must see and as it is central it is an easy destination for tourists. The Temple is splendid and houses an enormous wealth of gifts, artefacts, relics, art works, sacred trees, statues and ornaments of every size shape and material. Treasures of gold, silver, ivory and wood bedeck every nook and cranny. I have visited twice as... More 

Thank Joy B
Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here when there was a festive event. The place is serene and really interesting. Yes it is a bit eclectic but it is a place of worship and not a tourist attraction. That having been said, it was well worth the visit

Thank pat c
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting Buddhist temple. There is a lot of things in the museum section. Some of the content in the museum seemed a little bit confusing but interesting all the same. Worth a visit.

Thank Tammy T
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Entry is 200 r each and allows you to walk respectfully around barefoot to observe the temple and attached museum/collection of religious articles which are very interesting.

Thank Cybergenic
Croydon, Surrey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were taken here by a friendly tuk tuk driver. Part of the temple is on the lake and is being extended. Beware random locals asking for a selfie with you; we were told this is a means of showing it to other tourists to "prove" they are reliable as tour guides as they have lots of "friends" from around... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

very peaceful temple in the middle of the busy city. When ever I have time just drop in and worship and can do meditation as well.

Thank salujajayasena
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was interesting to see a temple that is very much in use while accepting visitors, as opposed to museum-like temples elsewhere. Buddhas are presented in various styles and some are quite impressive.

Thank astronugget
Billericay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having overdosed on temples in Thailand earlier this year I am now more particular on temples and churches I visit. This one was well worth the visit as it combined traditional Buddhist temple with a most amazing collection of what I presume were gifts that the temples has received. Well worth a visit.

Thank Addelam

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