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Wewurukannala Vihara

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Wewurukannala Vihara

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Oliver123 wrote a review Mar 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom123 contributions84 helpful votes
We were taken to visit the temple with our hotel driver who showed us around. It was interesting and the big buddha is very impressive. We had a blessing & offered a small donation. We were told about the 'elephant temple' which I assumed was a building, not an actual live elephant living in horrendous conditions. They were burning palm leaves about a foot from him and the smoke must've been in his eyes, causing even more distress. It was horrendous to see this beautiful creature chained on all legs, swaying back & forth. I was told he doesn't walk around, ever, unless there's a festival and he is 20 YEARS OLD. I will try to report this abuse but please be aware of what you are participating in, I wish I had done more research. There was also a dog with the worst mange I have ever seen, the monks do not care for these animals at all.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Null wrote a review Feb 2020
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Largest Buddha statue can be seen from afar. Entry ticket costs 200 LKR, additionally you’ll be asked for donation multiple times inside. Be ready to take your shoes off, knees and shoulders should be covered. The place is very beautiful, wall paintings are amazing, take your time to examine everything. There is also an elephant chained to the trees so tight that it can’t even move and just swinging all the time :(
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Tomáš Roud wrote a review Feb 2020
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic229 contributions35 helpful votes
You can enter for 200Rs, what is nothing. Then you need to buy flowers for 100Rs to give them to Lord Buddha. Then you can see many of Buddha statues and pictures of situations from his life. In old temple we've received a ritual to protect all family for free. We gave them a donation for the temple. Go there with a guide. Very nice place, I recommend that.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Susie H wrote a review Jan 2020
Devon, United Kingdom220 contributions46 helpful votes
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I went with my 8yr old son. I’d found a tuk tuk driver, Sunil, who didn’t rip me off and we all went. Sunil very kindly have us the tour and it was amazing. The frescoes are in amazing condition, the sculptures were great. The whole story of Buddha is in front of you, the birth, the 55 lives etc. Really interesting. Lots of different little temples with further more intricate artwork. Climbing up with big Buddha was fun. Each floor had more frescoes. The breeze from the top was very welcomed as we went at midday - big error! Only points I’d give would be: Women take a sarong to cover your legs Take small not rupees to donate at the little temples. Give the ladies who seek flowers some money and make your offering. Don’t go at midday as you have to take you flip flops off and the ground is burning!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Seevali D wrote a review Jan 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,230 contributions202 helpful votes
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My wife, two grandchildren and I visited Wewurukannala Buddhist temple in the morning hours on 25th December 2019. The temple is famous for its 162 feet tall gigantic seated buddha statue. It is said to be the tallest seated Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. Being a holiday, there were many devotees visiting the temple. Foreign visitors are charged Rs 200 on entry. All visitors are required to dress modestly and leave their footwear at the entrance. The temple is in five parts. 1. The oldest is the image house built in the late 18th century. Its outer face is intricately carved. The inner sanctum is dominated by sculpted buddha statues. In the area surrounding the inner sanctum are sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha’s life, surreal scenes depicting, gods, demons, princes, animals and others. 2. The second building demonstrates the “Hell” as Buddhists believe. People look at these sculptures with wide eyes imagining what it would be like in hell. There are graphic life-size sculptures of miscreants being sawn into pieces, dismembered, skinned, impaled on a spike, made to climb a tree with sharp thorns, eyes pulled out and many other torture details. Beware – be good to avoid having to go to hell!! 3. There is a shrine room dedicated to god Skanda Kumara (Katharagama) 4. At the upper level is the enormous, massive, gigantic seated buddha statue. There is also a bo-tree at the upper level. There were many devotees here at the upper level. 5. The front of the museum has a large clock. Its working mechanism had initially been made of wood and is still on display. The wooden mechanism has now been replaced by a metal replica. The working mechanism of the clock with all its parts can be seen in the upper floor of the museum. The entrance fee to the museum is Rs.5. The time displayed in the clock was however incorrect. We spent about two hours in the temple premises and were rather amused by the gaudy creations at the “Buddhist Hell”.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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