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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #6 of 50 attractions in Colombo
Type: Religious Sites
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited the gangramya temple. It was amazing. My daughter was able to take a photo with the elephant.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited early on a Sunday morning and it was the first temple that I visited in Sri Lanka. It was beautiful to hear the sounds and smell the smells of this lovely building. We really enjoyed it and it is great that it is so central in the city.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went there for the first time this july....I never seen a Buddhist temple before. ..when you arrive you will smell the nice sandal wood sticks being burnt. ..its a very quiet place. ..u will have to take off your shoes outside the temple. .many valuable statues are there made in a good way cameras are allowed. ...and as a... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

During a short getaway to Colombo, my cousin and I visited the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. We felt that the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple was quite phenomenal. We spent quite a bit of time there as there was so many things to see. We saw several Buddha statues, intricate designs and paintings that depicted historic events. Active prayer involved, therefore proper behavior... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was here on a festival day, so what may ordinarily be a oasis of calm was packed and filled with life. The devotes were anxious to guide me and show me "the way". I absolutely loved the labyrinth of temples, antiques and worshipers. It isn't actually an "amazing" place - but the sense of tranquility and belief makes me... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Beautiful temple, the more I saw Buddha the more I was attracted to Buddhism... serene place, filled with peace

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Bavaria, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The temple is blessed with so many of beautiful works all around that it was worth paying an entrance fee which initially made me want to avoid the place. The work all over the place is amazing and so was watching the elephant that the place owns. There was crowd of devotes while there but still I found it amazing... More

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