Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. The temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world.
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MIRA
Doha, Qatar121 contributions
Family
Once you in Kandy I would recommend to visit this temple and take guide that he/she can explain you meaning, purpose of Buddhist philosophy and history. We did and it was great experience as for us as well for kids. Ticket cost 1000srk whta is about 3$ per person and guide around 11$ for an hour.

Written May 11, 2022
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scarlett o
London, UK23 contributions
Couples
I understand it means a lot to Buddhists but as a tourist it was a bit underwhelming.
It costs 4000 r to get in for two and also you are expected to donate more money to just get your shoes back.

The museum part was more interesting as they have a lot of old artifices and very old jewellery.
Written May 8, 2022
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Marius B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania67 contributions
If you've seen a buddhist temple before, you can safely ignore this attraction.
We did not enjoy it, as right after we got passed the security gate some charlatan tried to pursue us to hire him as guide to explain us the surroundings - he insisted 3 times after which he gave up and insulted us.
After that, we found that there are special prices for tourists (even though everyone arrives in the main hall) so we had to leave our shoes in the storage area, where we were asked again, on somewhat aggresive tone for a donation.
We got inside just before the service started and it was way overcrowded with people shoving themselves all the time.
All in all, not a good experience.
Written January 5, 2020
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Kipkem H
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Visited here with a guide (which is strongly recommended) during April 2022. The guide was good but difficult to understand during the ceremonies (which were crowded and loud) which we happen to catch. This lessened the experience of visiting. Did not help that the weather was very warm and we were still jet-lagged.
A must see however recommend visiting here after visiting the Buddhist Museum as you can better appreciate what is in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.
Written April 29, 2022
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AmitaBhuwania
New Delhi, India36 contributions
Get your information and timing right if you wish to visit this ancient and holy place. The door to the main relic is opened at specific timings, so check before you plan your trip. While the doors to the main shrine are closed, the crowds start building up, so if crowds scare you this place is an absolute no. Although the crowds are quite well behaved.
Be sure to cover your shoulders and legs else shell out money to locals for giving you wraps etc.
You need to buy tickets at the entrance from kiosks which need exact change. You will need to remove and deposit shoes at the counters outside. Once inside it gives you the feel of an ancient place but well preserved and maintained. Lots of devotees with offerings throng the temple every day.
Do not miss the oil lamps lighted outside by numerous devotees. You are allowed to take pictures but take care not to have your back towards the main shrine - else you will be asked to delete them by the vigilant guards.
You marvel at the architecture of the temple and palace and leaves you asking fir more. The gardens are huge and well kept.
I would recommend going there in the evenings, and once the temple visit is done you can enjoy the beauty of the kandy lake and the hills in the background.
Written January 8, 2020
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Mr BlueRL
Leeds, UK248 contributions
We joined the queues during morning prayer. There are two queues to get in: one for the men and one for the women. Like most things in life, the men's line moved faster. This is mainly due to two things: 1) most women carry bags that need searching (most men don't) 2) the women perhaps face a little more scrutiny over what they can wear and must cover-up. Shoulders and legs need to be covered, so make sure you have a light scarf and sarong. Men too should carry a sarong to put on although some western males it seemed were managing to get through in shorts.

Once inside make sure you follow the tourist crowds to the right and enter the temple through the tourist entry. Here you leave your shoes, you will be expected to tip after collection.

Inside, at prayer, this place is busy. At times you are moved along with the crowd. The locals are of course queuing to leave gifts and to pray so don't feel too bad if you 'skip' queues and glide past those locals waiting on the stairs.

The relic itself can't be seen. Instead, you can peer into the golden shrine where it is stored, but at this point in the temple, the crowds are at their busiest so you main only manage a cursory glance.

The best part about the temple is exploring the grounds and additional rooms and buildings. The carvings and sculptures of Budha are beautiful, and in most spaces, you can take photos. Just be mindful of people worshipping and not to take pictures with your back to any Budha statue.

The grounds of the temple are beautiful, and there is an elephant on the site too, which is used in ceremonies. Although, it is clearly an old elephant and seeing it so heavily chained doesn't make for the best view.

At night time, around the temple and Lake, there is a cacophony of noise as bats and birds come to roost in their hundreds. It is the most spectacular site in Kandy and a must-see.

The museum of World Buddhism, which is on the site is also worth a visit, and with a tourist ticket to the temple, you have access.
Written April 15, 2020
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MarkNewms
Stevenage, UK101 contributions
Couples
As a non Buddhist this place is quite underwhelming. Despite Sri Lanka being strict on covid, there is zero social distancing in a very crowded building. People push and shove past you in the queue and you're absolutely surrounded by people, almost as if covid doesn't exist within the walls. If you're conscious of covid, I would stay away. You have to take your shoes off, which I appreciate, however your shoes are then held hostage by a rude man behind the desk until you pay the ransom/tip.

A nice building to look at and the lake nearby is beautiful.
Written January 31, 2022
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Mickiet2002
Boise, ID32 contributions
We were very lucky that our tour guides uncle had worked here for almost 50 years. He was able to quickly move us around, he knew the sacred tooth was about to be shown, as there is only a 5 minute window each day, and he got us quickly through the line. He also knew the ways to keep us away from the crowds and still see everything. This temple is not to be missed and one of my personal highlights of my trip to Sri Lanka.
Written February 14, 2022
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Peter B
London, UK18 contributions
Couples
The temple area is quite large; In the centre is a building, and within that building is another building! We went at 6:30 pm which is when they were having a service. This meant that we could have a look at the sacred tooth, albeit from quite far away. One aspect I especially enjoyed was the elephant exhibit showing an elephant that had carried round the sacred tooth for a number of years.

They were quite strict at covering your knees and your shoulders (even a small slit in the dress wasn’t allowed), so we would recommend taking an extra scarf just in case
Written November 6, 2021
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AlexisM001
Grantham, UK33 contributions
Couples
It was okay. We both felt we had seen better temples. The staff we quite rude and abrupt. We were hounded by people to be our guides as we approached the temple. To the point where we had to shout no and they wouldn’t take no for an answer. As foreigners we had to pay 3000 which was a lot we felt. A so called guide even followed us into the check in gate and got annoyed when we politely said no thank you. More persistence. Then we were told without a guide we wouldn’t understand. This is not true as just about everything is translated to English. There was a booth to leave our shoes at and when we returned we were hounded again for money for looking after our shoes. We already paid far more than we expected to get in so no thanks! A staff member followed us around when we were in a museum and made me show my ticket a number of times. It all felt like harassment. We are really not made of money, quite the opposite in fact. Something I thought was strange is even though you have to remove your shoes, all the staff didn’t which made me ponder what was the point. How can it be rude for us to wear shoes and not them? The tooth display itself was okay but of course you could
Not see it so who is to say it was really there?

Hey we can appreciate the religious/cultural significance - we aren’t made of stone but we had heard Sri Lankan people were welcoming: They are when they want your cash!
Written November 10, 2021
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