Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Shyamanth Shetty
Mangalore, India28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Wonderful and beautiful temple. You can see lots of donated stuff from people in this temple. Lovely temple with a large collection of various Buddha statues, relics, artifacts and all things related to Buddhism. it would be great to take photographs without disturbing the devotees. Buddha’s hair and the world’s smallest Buddha statue are added attractions. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here if you are seeking full details of the artifacts. The shrine is a small part of this complex and worth a visit.

Entry fee for foreign tourist is $2 or LKR 500 per person this includes Seema Malakaya also.
Written February 3, 2020
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Dipanjan Nag
Bengaluru, India46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Business
One can't miss this amazing Buddhist Temple while in Colombo. Rich in cultural heritage and history, this beautiful temple also houses a museum which has the smallest Buddha statue in the world in an enclosure. Various Buddha statues adorn the temple, one of the most notable one would be the Jade Buddha. The temple would take a couple of hours to look around and is worth the time spent.
The Beira Lake situated close by to the temple is a couple of minutes walk away and a good idea to visit during sunset.
Written February 1, 2020
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graham s
Northampton, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a must if you are visiting Sri Lanka, it’s quite overwhelming at first looking at all the statues and Buddhas. This is a very quite place to visit. When we visited we Evan had the Buddha put a band on our wrists making the visit every personnel. The place is an attack on the senses with so many things to look at.
The only down side was when we come out to the road and crossed the there was an elephant where you could have your photo taken with it, this was just a tourist trap and should not have been there as the elephant looked traumatised, but still people wanted the photos. Spoilt a good trip for us.
Written February 24, 2020
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Themanontheclaphambus
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Like Indiana Jones with jet flag we decided to explore this temple at 6am after landing at 1am. At that time it was peaceful and serene with locals praying under the Bohdi try and us strolling somewhat aimlessly. Given there were no tourists we didn’t/couldn’t pay for entry and were left to our own devices. The temple has lots of nooks and crannies and so many strange items that he been donated. Whilst most of these items are far from treasures it was nice to slowly take stroll around and immersive time capsule.
Written January 13, 2020
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pankaj bansal
New Delhi, India428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Amidst the bustle of Colombo the white jade Samadhi Budha sits peacefully at the Gangaramaya Temple inviting the faithful for a time of worship. The statue that weighs 8 Tons inspires reverence. The statues of the Vitaraka Buddha and the Laughing Buddha carved out of natural ruby are rare sights in Sri Lanka. The statues that are placed at the Temple are a treasured or devotees and explorers. There is a entry fee for non Sri Lankans.
Written January 3, 2020
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Christine
Muscat Governorate, Oman65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It’s so nice and relaxing and calm . You’re there for the experience and watching the people enjoying theirselves while in Deep thought . Best time to come is in the mornings on the weekends days and avoid POYA because you’ll won’t get in with the long ques
Written March 6, 2020
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Kekin2011
Mumbai, India301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A combination of a Buddhist temple and a museum. it contained many items of religious relevance, including gold, stones, elephant ivory, porcelain, Chinese statues, stamps, watches, cameras, photographs, coins, one taxidermied elephant, stereos, shells, swords, and some other very weird items.

I believe many of these items were donations made to the museum. The centre of the temple was its main prayer area. The whole vibe was quite peaceful but also a little eerie.

To get a good feel of the place, I'd recommend going at night or in the evening.

Location - Sri Jinarathana Rd
Entry fee - LKR 400 per person
Written January 31, 2021
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deepguha29
Jabalpur, India80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Nice temple with great sculptures and museum had a lot of things. The only problem that they have literally nothing written in English or any other language, so if you don't hire a guide it's impossible to know about the history. Especially when they charged 800 from us just to enter(being foreigners) which was free for locals
Written March 5, 2020
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errolduckchong2017
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Because Buddhism is the national religion, Buddhist temples are "everywhere". The Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo is one of the city's most prominent, important, and well-known temples. Situated near Beira Lake, it is readily accessible by road, including being on many bus routes. A quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle which is Colombo.
Written January 8, 2020
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Saibal S
San Francisco, CA2,377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Loved this Buddhist Temple and its grounds. The entrance fee was 300 Sri Lankan Rupees and there is a place to keep your footwear. Free sarong to cover up for women wearing shorts.

It was interesting to see an idol of the Hindu god, Ganesh at the entrance. The place is loaded with gifts from devotees. We saw a wedding in progress.
Written January 2, 2020
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