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“Beautiful building”

Jaffna Public Library
Ranked #14 of 32 things to do in Jaffna
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Re-built in 2002, this is a wonderful white building housing the new library whose books were destroyed

Thank 773Gareth
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

We tried to visit when we first arrived in Jaffna but discovered it doesn't open to foreign visitors until 4:30pm.

We came back a couple of days later and when we went inside discovered that we could only walk through the hallways - all the actual rooms in the library are off limits to foreigners. You can't take photos, there are no information signs or guides - there really isn't much to do.

It's a shame as this library plays a big part in Sri Lanka's history and could be a really interesting attraction - perhaps it is still a little early after the war.

1  Thank tommymacaus
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Non locals discouraged from entering but I suppose there is a couple of casual photo snaps of you are wandering past. Could be so much better.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

It's really a most wonderful place in Jaffana (Srilanka). One of the famous library in the world. Very rare and vaulable book you can read here.

1  Thank BhaarathPhotography
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

All the sections are closed to visitors, so you can only admire the building facade, walk the corridors and see closed doors
What is interesting is the statue of Goddess Saraswati - the Hindu Goddess of learning at the front

Avoidable

1  Thank KirtiAnand
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