Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Mike255100
Melbourne, Australia236 contributions
Feb 2020
This temple is an excellent means of capturing tourist dollars - LKR 400 entry fee for foreigners

The main temple with the large budha was nice enough but the rest seemed very junky. People seem to donate everything. There were three nice old cars but then a room with a wide range of old radios and another of old clocks.

The highlight of the visit was the feeding of the resident elephant who made a short work of a pile of bananas

Perhaps temple visits in Malaysia and China have spoiled me but I would not recommend going.
Written February 11, 2020
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Kekin2011
Mumbai, India302 contributions
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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MonteBurns
New York City, NY930 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It’s a nice temple and worth a visit. We hired a tuk tuk to take us around and it was his first stop. A worthy temple with more than just the normal bunch of Buddha statues. One of the exhibits has a piece of Buddha’s hair. There’s also a vast collection antiques and even old cars and some guns and jewelry.

The cost of admission $2 or 300 rubles is low and it’s worth 1/2 hour to tour it. Reminder to dress appropriately
Written January 12, 2020
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Chris U
10 contributions
Mar 2022
This temple was a little strange. It has some good statues, murals, a stupa and the usual things you find in a buddhist temple but it also had many rooms of dusty collectibles such as furniture and figurines. There was a full size stuffed Elephant too. If you had told me this was also a antique shop I would probably also believe it.
Go there in the early morning or late evening as there is little airflow in some of the rooms.
Written March 30, 2022
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Shyamanth Shetty
Mangalore, India28 contributions
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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Vikash Parbhoo
Cape Town Central, South Africa44 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
A must see temple in Colombo and in Sri Lanka, in general. Aside from the entrance fee for foreigners, the temple offers such a peaceful atmosphere and energy.

The temple and surrounding areas are occupied by multiple smaller and larger spaces to view carvings, ancient pieces and script that relate to Buddhism, outdoor places of worship including a large “Bo tree” as well as a small glass box which houses a claimed hair relic of Buddha.

A lovely experience where you can spend 10-15 minutes walking through and glancing briefly or close to 1 or 2 hours, taking your time to go through all the pieces, ancient scrips and items.
Written January 15, 2020
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Dipanjan Nag
Bengaluru, India47 contributions
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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MeeraMc7
London, UK293 contributions
Nov 2021 • Business
Most visited temple in Colombo. Looks very beautiful to see. However Sri Lanka is Theravada Buddhism but most of the statues in this temple looks more like the ones you find in Thailand. Where mahayana Buddhism is popular
Written October 24, 2022
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graham s
Northampton, UK51 contributions
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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Susan C
Cardiff, UK36 contributions
Serious safety incident
Feb 2022 • Solo
Having been around Sri Lanka now I can see that this is a complete tourist trap & not worth it. When visiting the Hindu section a man, an employee I assume as he was painting the art on the walls, started to talk to me. He asked for a picture on account of me being so pale, as I had a mask on I did nt mind . He then proceeded to lean in towards me & grope my backside. This is terrible behaviour & an awful experience so any solo women please avoid.
Written February 27, 2022
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