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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-11-243-5169
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Look like a Museum lot of things to see

I visit this place with my British girlfriend and I wanted to explain her about buddhism. But the gate keepers charge 2$ each just to enter the temple and I was really upset... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was brought up a Buddhist in Sri Lanka, so I was practically forced to go here when I was younger. As I've grown older though, going to the temple has become less of a chore and something I actually look forward to because of the peace I feel when I am there. Gangaramaya is a beautiful temple, possibly the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visit this place with my British girlfriend and I wanted to explain her about buddhism. But the gate keepers charge 2$ each just to enter the temple and I was really upset about it. And they insist us to pay. It wasnt about money it was the attitude of those peoples. Peoples donating money most of the time when... More 

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Province of Venice, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the oldest temples of Colombo. Beautiful serene worth a visit. Very close to lake temple. You can buy Tkts for both temples from here

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Thank 293deepap
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A temple with a difference. Tranquil atmosphere ideal for those who want to contemplate on life and Buddhism. View the single largest collection of Lord Buddha's relics which are on view to the public. An inspiring treasure trove of diverse antiquities from Carving of Lord Buddha on a single grain of rice to the most exquisite Ivory carvings to an... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the temple is like a museum... a vast variety of objects apart from excellent Buddha statues. A lot of the things were really ancient.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A strange temple compound with accretions of historical oddities over the years, not all of which are Buddhist. Let yourself get lost and bewildered in it. It may help to have a guide to point out some of the more subtle eccentricities, but I doubt anyone can give you a clear answer on why a Buddhist temple is the place... More 

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Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is an old Bodhi tree in the middle of this beautiful temple. There are Buddhas and Hindu Gods in the same temple. It's what religion should be; all encompassing. This temple houses so many antiques and contributions from all over the world. You can see Buddhas not only from Sri Lanka but also from Indochina, Thailand and many other... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty of things to see, really. Half museum half temple. Dozen of spaces. Also one temple in Beira Lake. But beware: you pay 300 R for the catertakers to keep your shoes - which for me is OK. What is NOT Ok is that they dont tell you the shoe ticket is also valid for the lake temple so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For entrance you pay 300 rupees but the ticket is also valid for the meditation center in the lake a street away (at least it says so on the back od the ticket). The complex is quite big - it just has everything. An old temple, new Buddha statue, a museum with random artifacts, beautiful painted walls, and then just... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a working temple as they seem to have offices and although we didn't actually see monks living there you get a sense that ppl do live here As we entered the main gate a reception desk awaits to relieve you of your shoes, its nice that they put them into baskets There is an entrance fee rs300 The... More 

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