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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #10 of 53 Attractions in Colombo
Type: Religious Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We went to this temple based on the reviews by people on trip advisor. Sorry but I thought this was trashy and the flashing lights that surrounded all the buddhas were not antique but rather something that you would buy from a $2 shop. Room one had some impressive statues but the cabinets stuffed with stuff??? I thought buddhists did... More

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

One of major temple in colombo..part of temple u can see beside the lake..statues of buddha is interesting

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

You can drive to in the evening and drive close by and walk to it. You should also go to the “simamalakaya” in the lake. Given the historic significance it’s worth seeing this temple. There are a lot of relics on display which gives you an indication of how old this temple is. I spent hours going through the different... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I am surprised this does not pop as a natural tourist attraction. But this is something you must not miss. And once you are there with a Sri lanka 200 rupee ticket- you will be awed with the kind of statutes of Budha, the ivory in use. There is enough to get your rupee worth. See the smallest Budha. See... More

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España
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Located in the heart of the city, this impressive temple worth a visit. We went after 18:00 and the atmosphere with the lights made it more beautiful. At the same time they have a kind of museum surrounding the temple with a lot of Buddha statues, porcelain collections, golden figures.... Even old cars, as Rolls Royce. They were praying and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Colourful temple and interesting artifacts from the building's history. Actively used for teaching and worship, well worth visiting.

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Moscow, Russia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This huge temple complex really impresses. It's full of incredible exhibits and authentic Buddhist items. Don't miss a chance to snap a picture with the elephant at the grounds. But what I was mostly affected by was the collection of vintage cars.. PS Mind that a voluntary donation is obligatory

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited the temple on a Poya day. It was after a miles walk from Union place. The temple is quiet although there were many devotees on that day. It would have been more enriching experience for me it was not on a holiday. Otherwise it was a great place to visit.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

It is very nice & peaceful temple. the collection are very good. Found very big elephant ivories which never believed as it is real. Like the surroundings and prayers.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Huge temple. You can see lots of historical collections. Peaceful environment. You can relax and clear your mind after hectic day .

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