Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Colombo

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Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist temple complex noted for its eclectic architecture, a blend of modern, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and other styles. Established in the late 19th century, the historic temple is dedicated not only to prayer and meditation, but also education and charity. Admire the opulent temple facade, its numerous statues and decorations, and a vast collection of antiques, paintings, jewelry, and countless other items, mostly gifts donated to the head monk by loyal devotees. Take a look at our Colombo journey planner to schedule your visit to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We went to the temple on the eve of the national holiday of lights. Though we'd seen many temples, the beauty of Gangaramaya lit up at night and the generosity of the Sri Lankan people visiting that n...  more »
  • This temple houses one of the most amazing collections of Buddhist art and riches. From solid gold or ruby statues to antique Rolls Royce cars, this complex is more of a museum than a temple. The site...  more »
  • You can spend hours in this temple. There are so many things in the museum, every corner has something to see. Another special attraction are the crows near the Buddha, they are fearless and its somet...  more »
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  • Quite fascinating as a "cut and paste" operation of a temple-cum-museum, but not much else. Worth a stop if one has free time on one's hands, but not a "must see" attraction by any means. More bona fide temples can be found elsewhere around Sri Lanka for sure!
  • Fantastic visit (June 12). Worth while despite to heat and rain (monsoon season). Clean, organized and spectacular statues. Do not miss it.
  • Relaxing and religious place in the middle of urban city but not clean since it's surrounded by sewerage water lake.
  • This would have to be the most extraordinary Buddhist Temple I have ever been to in the world. It has the most eclectic range of items in its 'collection'. Naturally the highlight is within the Temple itself and the Buddha 'relic'. Was a little surprised by the compulsory entry charge of Rs300pp but the place is so amazing, it was worth it. When I thought I had seen it all, a monk playing games with a cat, is surpassed by the arrival of an elephant through the front gate and it to its stables beside the vintage Rolls Royce, Mercedes and MG (of course 😁). The ' museum ' looks more like a jumble sale to me. Old typewriter, butter lamps, elephant tusks, tourist posters, bracelet etc. Just a hoot to visit.
  • An extremely holy place to visit in colombo,this temple is one of the biggest and famous buddhist temple in srilanka the place contains thousands of antiques decorated all around, the glimpse of enlightenment can be feel while roaming around these holy place.

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