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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 435169
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What a weird place.....

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's plenty of spirituality but the tourists outnumber the worshipers 5-1. Take time to look at the main prayer sanctuary which is located ar the front right, as this contains the most... More 

Thank noahoxford1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is very nice temple located in the city of Colombo. A great place for any body who visit Colombo. Avoid the evening visits as there are so many people. Best time is morning or late afternoon.

Thank Rahul S
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a nice and calm place. The main hall Buddha statues are simply awesome. The entire place and the museum is very clean and neatly maintained. However, didn't liked the idea of collective ticket-money for a temple visit. Never paid any money to visit a church or temple....

Thank jitendra_wilankar
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple is very odd - it's got a labyrinth-like design, with small nooks and crannies popping up all over the place. And it is just SATURATED in random objects that have been donated - from watches, to small statues, to cars, to toys, to a fake (but very life-like) elephant. Everything is sorted in groups, but you feel like... More 

Thank amusedb0uche
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a " buddhist" every month first week,so far this year, starting from last year, I have been visiting the Gangaramaya temple continuously. I'm not that devoted or anything but with my day to day mundane work, once a month a visit to this temple, the sprinkle of water, the serenity, the sense of calmness i gain is immense. I... More 

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple was the highlight of my visit to Colombo. The admission price $2 pp ( for "obvious" foreigners only), also included admission to Seema Malaka, a Beautiful Buddhist Temple which sits on Beira Lake a block away. In fact, we found Seema Malaka first and spend time relaxing in the cool breeze before venturing over to Gangaramaya Temple.... More 

Thank whenyouwishuponastar
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit. Old little bit run down but added to the attraction. Lot of history One of the best Temples I have visited

Thank Grumpy_1938
Emu Plains, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A Buddhist temple in the centre of Colombo. A place worthwhile seeing if you are in Colombo or near Gall Face Green area.

Thank jenroy11
Al Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a good time there. Ticket is 300 Lkr per person. Be careful. As u remove shoes, remove socks also as socks will get wet by water on floor. People were helpful and guideful.

Thank aliengineer105
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An assorted collection of ornamental and gold craven gifts presented by loyal devotees and well wisher over a long course of time is exhibited at this temple, which is literally a unification of a spiritual center, a library and a unique museum. This Temple complex has a distinctive collection which is worth observing. Try and catch up with the festivities... More 

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