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Seema Malaka Temple

middle of Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 48 attractions in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This gem designed by Geoffrey Bawa (whose other works in Sri Lanka should be sought out) and beautifully set in a lake makes a very nice combination with the hodgepodge of the Gangaramaya Temple just a few blocks away. A very good lesson in the difference between spiritually advanced design and religious vulgarity.

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Bavaria, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Right in the middle of the Beira Lake sits this small but impressive temple that is a true oasis set far from the city and offering beautiful views and peaceful air. Loved every time I could spend at the place and it is a delight to be present at the place with the chants and ceremonies happening. Undoubtedly the main... More

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Hartford, CT
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96 reviews 96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a good place to spend a bit of time absorbing the peaceful atmosphere, and is very good for taking photos!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Get away from it all at this lovely temple in the lake. Yards away from Colombo's hectic city life, yet this delightful temple is the perfect place to get away from it all. I first visited 2 years ago and returned in Feb 2014. To sit by the water's edge and listen to the monk chanting the Buddhist scriptures is... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I agree, there could be many more larger Buddhist temples at Lanka....but you cannot afford to miss this place,not for the religious importance...but obviously for a picture which you can frame and keep anywhere..reminding you of charming Srilanka.

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

When an older temple sank into the lake, a new one was designed by Geoffrey Bawa. It is small on several platforms in the lake. Strangely it is not identified on some maps of Colombo and some tuk-tuk drivers and others we consulted for directions did not know it. But it is worth a visit and it is only 2... More

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Delhi, India
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

A scenic and peaceful place, but touts come asking for donation (which is NOT an obligation), often ready with a paper receipt and signing it without your consent! Do not give in if you don't want to pay..

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Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Wonderful place to visit if you are in Colombo. Whether you want to relax and have a peaceful time or to take nice photos, this is one of the best places in the middle of Colombo. Not too far from the major hotels in town.

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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152 reviews 152 reviews
30 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I liked the entry fee being a mandatory gift to a children's charity. Fascinating temple, don't miss the Bo tree or the massive statue of the Raja Tusker just behind one of the main altar rooms.

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Perth, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

A quiet and tranquil place on Beira lake. Designed by Geoffrey Bawa, its hard to believe you are in Colombo. The blaring horns and traffic are a world away as you wander around the temple grounds. Loved the serene Buddha statues against the background of the algae-green lake.

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