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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  • The temple was well looked after. The people who worked there were very polite and willing to help. My partner and I were very lucky to be blessed by the monk. Would highly recommend  more »
  • It is the best temple with large number of Buddha the place provide peace & tranquility. Well maintained  more »
  • Very well kept place and all the gifts are well kept. It shows the way things have moved from one point of time to other. One gets a very soothing and calm feeling when we go there.  more »
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  • A little bit of a busy temple, however it is yet the best place for one to experience the true peacefulness within and without. A true example of Mahayana influence in Theravada temple! Lovely architecture, clean environments!
  • A Buddhist temple locates in the heart of the city. Very nicely organised and calm and quite environment inside. There is museum with a collection of very valuable of items. Also the Ganagaramaya Temple has sacred hair relics of load Buddha with other relics too. You can learn a lot about Buddhism at this place. You will have to remove your shoes when entering the temple premises and racks are provided to keep your shoes safe. If you are a tourist visiting or staying in Colombo, this temple is a must visit.
  • Clam beautiful place full of Buddhist monuments. Buddhist people come to worship Load Buddha. Gangaramaya is a major and ancient temple in the city...
  • This is a strange place. It's like a temple crossed with a old museum and has the most random stuff. It's 300 to get in with the highlight being rugby at the start with a room full of murals and a giant Buddha. It's worth a visit if you have a few days in Colombo.
  • Entry of 300RS per person. The temple's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese. Was a lot bigger than we thought, doesn't look like much from the outside but a lot of things to explore inside. Also with your entry you gain entrance to another temple just down the road, situated on the lake, small but lovely.

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