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Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture Reviews
If tou want to go off beaten path, you should go to this art and culture center. We were initially concerned this would be a tourist trap. We could not be more wrong. This is an 18th century house... more »
If you want a unique and rewarding experience away from the hustel and bustle of Kandy City ,this is well worth a visit. The private collection holds some rare artefacts from the Kandyan era. Dr... more »
The Centre for Art and Culture SURIYAKANTHA is an unforgettable landmark at the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. The house of a Village Chief has been transformed into a functional art center with all the facilities needed while keeping intact its Dutch-style architecture dating back to the 18th century. Its collection reflects the interests of its founders Rohan de Silva and Jacques Soulier – traditional furniture, art items, antique books, photographs, and postcards covering two cultures – Sri Lankan and French. Professor Jacques Soulier speaks English and French and will take you through the arts and culture gallery with in-depth explanations over lunch. Suriyakantha is located 10km from Kandy city centre, on the road leading to religious and historical sites of the Gampola Period (14th Century AD). We will take you to these spectacular locations as well. The center has Pali, Sinhala, English and French documentation and resources for research work on Sri Lankan history, specifically the Kandyan period (18th Century). Suriyakantha contributes to the recognition of Sri Lankan contemporary art, particularly photography. The centre plans to display its collection of historical printings while celebrating new talents with dedicated temporary exhibitions and publishing.
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