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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #10 of 51 Attractions in Colombo
Type: Religious Sites
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This should be in the 'Must Go' list of any traveler visiting Colombo. An exquisite Buddha Temple, it has ornate sculptures, relics and artifacts. There is a large Buddha Statue much like the Vats of Bangkok. A couple of hours at this place helps gain inner peace and solitude.

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Very peaceful and scenic. Green trees and easy access. Then inner sanctum was divine and we have visited on Nag Panchami day so there was the added advantage. Has a great small historical area inside with artefacts and knick knacks. The entrance is free with a small symbolic donation to be made. Please note that there are 2 great antique... More

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Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Visited this temple twice within the space of a month. On both occasions I found the temple elephant in a very small enclosure tied to two posts in rather short shackles thus strictly limiting its movements. It only had some dried up coconut leaves to eat. (Maybe it gets fed well at meal times if it has proper meal times).... More

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Manila
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Set on a lake, it's quite peaceful. You get to appreciate the culture and get a nice view of the surroundings. Good for some photos :) expect to walk barefoot around the temple. Tip: don't buy the corn they are selling outside. It's quite expensive.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We saw the traditional dance at this temple and were blessed, and we did arrive home safe even though we flew Malaysian. The temple was a little uncomfortable as it was very hot and humid with no or little air circulating. I could of spent hours perusing the gifts and collections from all around the world, worth a visit but... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I went there in March when I visited Sri Lanka with a group of students. The monk at the entrance was lovely, greeting the group with a smile and giving us a deduction on the entrance fee. He spoke some fnglish. You can easely spend a couple of hours here because there are so many things to see but so... More

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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 at Seema Malaka temple (part of Gangarama) earlier this year. The priests at Gangarama were amazing and extremely helpful. They assisted us however they could (providing priests for our service, lending and carrying chairs for us). The architecture of the temple is lovely. It's built around a lovely Bodhi tree and is a hive... More

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

At first sight a very nice looking temple. Until the experience was spoiled. A little boy asked if we wanted to see an elephant. We walked through a broken wall at the back of the temple. It was in this untidy court yard we saw a baby elephant chained up by two legs. One front one back. The atmosphere was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very calm and quiet place and nicely built on the lake. Great nature and surroundings. Sacred place for Buddhist people

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very nice temple in the middle of the Colombo city. All the Buddha statues are really very beautiful. We saw a live elephant taking bath in the temple pool. The temple is under renovation. The Buddha in the main hall is magnificent and a must see.

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