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“Crowded but significant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Owner description: Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. The temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world.
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“Crowded but significant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We went in the evening and was told by our guide that the viewing of the tooth relic is only for a short period of time, so we need to hurry. Need to be covered above knees and there is quite strict security check with separate lines for male and female. Extremely crowded and a lot of people in line. Took the line which allows closer viewing which had about a 20 minute wait. Single-file and fast moving once the viewing starts. So many people that l became quite worried that there may be a stampede. Then we visited another Buddha statute in one smaller room. Quite a couple more things to look at but we were just too tired from the crowd.

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“Crowded place with not much to see”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

There are just couple of small rooms with not much to see. Not even a tooth. It was so overcrowded when we were there that long line of people was going like a snake through rooms. I think it is overrated.

Visited December 2013
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“Quite bizarre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Visited at prayer time when the temple was really very very busy. It is also very very noisy with the crowds of bemused tourists and frenzied worshipers, dancers and drummers. It is extremely elaborately decorated (some might even say garishly) with various shrines and inner shrines. I must admit I was quite confused as to what I was looking at most of the time!
The temple contains a tooth apparently found at the cremation site of the buddha in India and smuggled to Sri Lanka some centuries ago. The tooth is contained in a gold casket, heavily guarded as you would expect and you queue up only to be hurried along by a bad tempered monk.
As others have pointed out make sure that you cover your arms, legs and chest and have your head uncovered. Also, please be respectful of others and do not take photographs of buddha statues with people in front of them - remember to a lot of the people visiting this is a sacred site.

Visited January 2014
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“A bit overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Not much to see (and certainly not the tooth itself, of course!) and very busy, it would not be worth a special trip but is fine for a visit whilst you are in Kandy

Visited January 2014
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“Interesting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We went here as part of our tour with Kuoni Travel.
Our group chose to go when the locals went to offer prayer as we thought it would be more interesting.
It was very crowded with both tourists and locals.
Shoulders and legs MUST be covered at all times, if they are not, you will not be allowed entry, although you may be offered a sarong to cover up.
Photos should not be taken with your back towards any Buddha.
We did see two ignorant tourists who ignored pleas not to do this but they carried on regardless, and appeared to find it funny.
There will be a very crowded and busy walk up some stairs to see where the locals with take their offerings, but you will not be able to see the relic or photograph it.
There is a small museum type room which has a replica.
The 'hall' is lovely with painted murals and different type of Buddhas.
A must see if you go to Sri-Lanka.

Visited February 2014
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