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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #10 of 52 Attractions in Colombo
Type: Religious Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Huge temple tucked down a little side street. So much to see within, some amazing statues. Definitely a must see for visitors to Colombo.

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Rajasthan, India
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the temple on a full moon day, probably he was so extremely well attended. It was very interesting to watch the faithful and submerge without standing tall in the action. Particularly impressive is the gallery of Buddha statues that are strung stufenfornig and a very real images of life-size elephant.

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Salzburg, Austria
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Definitely a must see in Colombo! Very colorful and beutiful. We had to pay a donation fee of 200 rupees per person to go inside. But it was really worth it.

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Ipswich, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were approached by a local on the street to tell us that it was our lucky day, as it was the last day of a special celebration at this temple (which he said contains a fragment of Buddha's hair). He flagged down a tuk-tuk to take us there. It is indeed a beautiful temple, with some spectacular statues and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Beautiful temple in Colombo. Nice scene with the Baere lake. There is an island you can go there on a hanging bridge

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Gangaramaya temple is a beautiful temple in the center of the city. The outer walls and statues decorating the temple are lovely. Like all temples, you have to take your shoes off before you enter. There is a small fee, but the money looks like it goes to a charity. Not sure though. Once you enter, you feel like you've... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

This is very beautiful temple in the Sri Lanka's commercial capital Colombo. We came to Sri. for 2nd time. it was arrange by Cyril Tours. Our guide and driver was Cyril. He gave us very interesting details about Gangarama temple. This temple also have a perahera in month of February like Kandy temple in August.

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Cape Town
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17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Don't get suckered by a local telling you there's a special ceremony and rushing you for 4,000 rupees to drive you from the Dutch Hospital complex there and back - it seems there are nightly celebrations of worship. It was interesting and eclectic collection of Buddhist relics from around the world. There are three resident Labradors, a delightful loved cat... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Fabulous, vibrant Temple. Peaceful, in spite of many visitors. Very helpful monks, whose English language skills greatly assist Western understanding. Great sculptures, and a very interesting collection of the Abbott's.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A place with a great collection of important historical & Religious monuments. Its saturated arts says the story of a rich culture which it has been going through. A wonder location to be in Colombo.I would like to recommend foe all the visitors who come to colombo.

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