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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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A little hard to find the entrance, but a superb eclectic mix of artefacts inside the temple complex - which is quite extensive. Calm atmosphere inside. Keep your entrance ticket... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A little hard to find the entrance, but a superb eclectic mix of artefacts inside the temple complex - which is quite extensive. Calm atmosphere inside. Keep your entrance ticket which gives you access to the temple on the lake, just around the corner. Both well worth a visit.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Situated in a very nice place. Surrounded by the river. calm and peaceful environment. Nea by there are swan boats to ride for a reasonable price. Colombo has very few things cultural / historical place. This is a must visit one among the list.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Its nice calm Buddhist Temple to visit. Dont forget to visit seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Very big beautiful Buddhist temple. Definitely worth visiting if you're spending time in not so worth visiting Colombo. They have an elephant in the back and our 2yo could feed it with cookies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stumbled upon this place thinking it was a temple. Very impressive carvings on the face and drawings on the bus stops accross the road drew us to it. Surprised to find the Rs200 entry fee (for worship?!). Curiously, there was an ancient Benz and a Rolls (in great condition) parked in the front courtyard. The first hall was large... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Unlike another reviewer, we didn't see the elephant but we did see loads of Buddhas, a Buddha museum and a tree shrine. It was a peaceful place bustling with tourists, filled with nooks and crannies to explore. although we don't relate to the worship, as tourists we could find it an interesting cultural experience. However, having visited Thailand Phuket's big... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is totally outrageous to mistreat an animal in this fashion. Tourists are continuing to exacerbate torture and abuse to animals for entertainment and fun. Go somewhere in nature to view the beauty with destruction to wildlife and their habitat. This place doesn't deserve to receive tourist dollars. It needs to clean its act. The Sri Lankan government needs to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I'd say definitely worth a visit. There used to be an elephant present in the temple but last time i visited he was gone. You can ask one of the monks for a blessing of Buddha. Its customary to leave a small contribution for the temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Located in the heart of Colombo this temple is a must visit if you are into exploring a little bit of tradition and culture of the country. So many little things are surrounded around the temple and if you dig deep there is a story behind each minor element of them. Take a bit of time gaze in to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a very social place and a must see whilst in Colombo. The main room is breathtaking and a feast for the eyes. We were both quite emotional being in there it was breathtaking The whole place is huge and you need to walk around it all to get the most out of it. Take your time and take... More 

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