Weherahena Buddhist Temple is a cultural attraction near Matara. During the 17th century the local people had built an underground temple, where they prayed secretly. They kept it hidden from the Portuguese rulers due to the fear of destruction The present temple was built in the 1990s. It's main pull is the 39 meters high Buddha statue, which sits in the samadhi or squatting position in front of the equally high temple . Overall there are no relics, frescos or artefacts of historical significance in this temple. Seeing the Buddha statue from outside is enough for Non-Buddhist visitors.
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