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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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Lots of buddhas

A lively living temple with lots of activity. Not sure about the stuffed elephant whom it appeared used to be a resident there. Many many Buddhas and artefacts/relics and areas... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Oxford
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This site is disappointing, in my opinion. The monks here collected a lot of things. Somewhat it feels more like an antique shop than a temple. After seeing everything of this temple in real, i just felt that this place was over-rated. Don't believe what you see in pictures. Everything is a lot smaller and less spectacular in real.

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Thank Evivi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lively living temple with lots of activity. Not sure about the stuffed elephant whom it appeared used to be a resident there. Many many Buddhas and artefacts/relics and areas for prayer within the temple. The experience would be more enhanced as a tourist attraction with some information available in other languages though I guess hiring a tour guide is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must see if you are in Colombo. It is the temple that just keeps giving. Many courtyards and multiple devotional areas,all with a unique charm. Make your way to th no tree terrace and observe the cyclical nature of the local Buddhist devotions. In other buildings are gifts to the temple which range from statues carved from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its surrounded by lake. Very quite place. feel very peach to mind. You should go when you are in colombo.

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Thank Lahiru Lakshan a
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the major tourist attractions in Colombo. It is a Buddhist temples where the "Hair Relic" is being preserved for years which means the hair of Buddha is preserved.

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Thank Srinivasan R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quite a serene place, but it was quite expensive at LKR 300 per person. There was also some construction work going on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in Heart of city, very easily accessible by tuk tuk, The most visited temple in colombo and has great spiritual importance, It's a wonderful place for prayer, meditation. They charge a nominal entry for lkr 300, while normally entry to temples are always free. over all worth a visit on our trip to colombo.

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Thank saurabhnandwani
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An awe inspiring temple full of buddha statues. The entrance fee was 300Rs /person and worth every rupee. I was surprised find old classic cars on display too. Something one doesn't expect to find in a temple but definitely interesting :)

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Thank hallkri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to pay compulsory donation and you can see a chained elephant. Nothing much to do or see in temple. There are far better temples in colombo or visit beautful colourful hindu temples or churches like the stone church in colpetty.

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Thank Lakshmi K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to relax and get you mind relaxed! The place is very nice andit has a library as well! Therefore a very helpful place for the foreigners as well

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