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“Gangaramaya Temple: A must in Colombo”

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Colombo Sightseeing and Shopping Private Tour Including Lunch
Ranked #2 of 146 things to do in Colombo
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“Gangaramaya Temple: A must in Colombo”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Colombo is an interesting city, but as a matter of fact there is not much to see or do, so a visit to Gangaramaya Temple is a must. Theravada buddhism is the predominant current in Sri Lanka and the temple is attended by many worshippers. Very colorul, it's full of statues, stupas and delicate paintings. Monks in their typical yellow robes are around helping worshippers and visitors. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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“Definitely a place to see in Colombo”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I would describe this place more as a temple/museum. People were very friendly and willing to explain to us items displayed. The only thing that was not enjoyable was the tied up elephant (Would have given a 5 * if they did not have it)

Visited November 2012
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“Must Visit during Colombo trips”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This 125 yr old Buddhist temple right at the heart of the city is a must visit place. Some of the sculptures inside the main temple are beautiful and the multiple idols of buddha placed in a row is a sight to behold. Great place to sit quietly and meditate. I had a wonderful experience meditating inside the temple.

Visited July 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Beautiful place”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is the best place in Colombo to sit & relax & contemplate on anything if you're feeling up to it. The temple is ultra clean & "Raja" the elephant cub is always tied up at the entrance.

Gangaramaya Vihara has a temple in the middle, a couple of halls, a bo tree, a couple of museums, a prayer room with lots of statues & a couple of cute dogs that belong to the chief incumbent - "Podi Hamuduruwo".

Visited July 2013
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“Calm and Serene atmosphere”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Lovely buddhist temple. Was blessed by the Thera of the temple which was a great feeling.
Calm and serene atmosphere. Tend to feel at peace here.
A decent museum as well.
Didnt feel very good about the elephant chained there.

Visited June 2013
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