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Seema Malaka Temple

middle of Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 50 attractions in Colombo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It is in the heart of Colombo, on the Berei lake close to the Gangarama temple. If visiting sri lanka in the month of may adjust the dates to be here for the Vesak festival (The birthday of the lord Buddha) it is a colorful and festive time. the lake and the temple are beautifully lit up.

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Very nice peaceful place in the middle of busy Colombo. One of the best places to spend an evening in the middle of 'revitalized' Beira with nice breeze. for my dear architecture lovers, this temple was designed by world renowned Geoffrey Bawa, who was the greatest architect ever produced by Sri Lanka. Only bad thing i noticed was, they charge... More

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You can reach it easily in the middle of a small lake. A modest but very nicely done temple with a lot of Buddha statues. Right next to it, there is an island that you can get to over a hanging bridge. Here you can find a great number of pelicans in the water and in the trees surrounding the... More

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Just 2 km s from city center you can go to Seema Malaka Temple or Gangarama Temple. This is the place where they conduct Nawam Maha Perahara. A cultural event which takes place in Colombo annually . Gangarama Temple boasts for a huge museum, Antique Mercedes Benz cars etc.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My wife and I were married here in May 2014. Despite it being short notice a relative with links to Gangarama Temple across the road made a request on behalf of us. The head priest invited us to meet with him and he immediately gave us his blessing and arranged for three priests to be present on the day to... More

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New York City, New York
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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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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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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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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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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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