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Seema Malaka Temple

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Address: Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Geoffrey Bawa-designed temple on Lake Beira

I came here to see the work of Geoffrey Bawa. His tropical modernistic design is evident. The temple is simple but stylish. It's location lends even more of a peaceful feeling to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Hove, UK
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Weather you are a Buddhist or otherwise this is a must see place in Colombo. As a tradition , females are not allowed . You could capture some nice images across the Beira lake.

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Hove, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came here to see the work of Geoffrey Bawa. His tropical modernistic design is evident. The temple is simple but stylish. It's location lends even more of a peaceful feeling to it.

Thank doctorj42
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seema Malaka Temple is an interesting spot for a quick spot, as it offers a somewhat unconventional approach to Buddhist worship than one might see in other parts of Asia. Along with the usual totems and statues are rooms of Sri Lankan miscellaney - jewelry, gold statuettes, postage stamp collections, and elephant bones (and, sadly, ivory). Take a peek at... More 

Thank Adamms222
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really blown by this temple. It's so peaceful and spiritual and you can really feel the holy spirit there if you allow yourself. Tons of cool religious equipment on display too

Thank Scrappleking
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Pretty temple floating on a platform in the lake. Nice statues of the Buddha. Sadly lots of construction both on the site as well as by it on the lake and so not relaxing at all

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

This Temple is on Lake Beira. It is part of the Gangaramaya complex and your admission ticket of $2, bought here or at Gangaramaya Temple, allows entry to both temples. It is an open air temple, and a cool place to sit and relax, along with local people who are doing the same. Outside, the temple is surrounded, on three... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This is a Buddhist temple in Colombo, right next to Gangaramaya temple and is mainly used for meditation and rest, rather than for worship. The temple is constructed on three platforms over water (Beira Lake) and is connected to the mainland and with each other by bridges. All three platforms have numerous seated Buddha statues displaying different mudras. The main... More 

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Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

It's a wonderful temple situated overlooking the Gangaramaya Lake, very close to the famous Gangaramaya Temple. You must leave the shoes just in the front door, and then you have to cross the wooden bridge to the temple. We aware that if you go there at noon, the sun makes the wood burn and it is a bit hard to... More 

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

If you are looking for a serene, peaceful spot in the middle of the city, this temple is the place to be. Set on a lake, there is a walkway from the road to the temple that continues round the temple. Take off your shoes and step up into the temple itself for some quiet contemplative time. I was fortunate... More 

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Nashik, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

One of the must see places once in Colombo. Divine and beautiful place. Nice to visit. Refreshing experience to body n soul

Thank DrVijayPalwe

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