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Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kandy Sights Including Kandy Cultural Dance Show
Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Kandy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Get a good guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Temple of the Tooth is the heart centre of modern Buddhism in Sri Lanka and many parts of the world. We visited the temple for the evening service and were delighted to get a glimpse of the amazing Golden Casket that holds the relic of the tooth in an ante-room inside the temple. We had a young passionate guide recommended by Sangeeth of sangeethlanka.com who was fantastic. He explained in detail the history of the temple, the paintings, the rituals and most importantly the significance to the pilgrims in attendance that had waited 5+ years for the opportunity to attend the ceremony. They pay thousands of pounds to sponsor an offering and distribution of food to the needy on the day they attend. Our guide’s fee was 1000 rps/£5 and we gave him 2000 which was well deserved. I can’t understand why people would complain about paying a pittance to visit this hugely important site. You don’t get things for free in your own country so why object to paying for goods and services to people who are far needier than you’ll ever be?
Our guide also told us how to ask for our inner heart’s desire while we had the ear of Buddha at the temple ☺. He told us how to make best use of a beautiful large room of contemplation, which had many statues of Buddha that helped us make a personal vow to change an aspect of our own behaviour. The whole experience was deeply moving for us and I’m happy to say that I’m keeping my vow to Buddha and enjoying my quasi connection to religion even tho’ I’m a dyed in the wool, atheist.
The temple of the tooth was a surprisingly emotional experience for us and I think if you go with an open heart and mind, it will be emotional, thought provoking and memorable for you too.

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Faboulous energy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

Beautiful temple; paintings in the small corridor leading to the main part of the building are magnificent

Visited September 2013
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Cuthbert, Georgia
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“Worthwhile”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

The temple is worth a visit. We saw it after visiting three other temples in one day. Avoid the services of a guide, however, as the one we had was bored and matter-of-fact, as well as none too interesting, and he insisted on a "tip" afterward, the price of which he named.

Oh, and we were told that if we were carrying a backpack, we'd have to check it (we weren't), and that's supposed to be expensive.

Visited July 2013
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“Very lovely garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

I like the garden & outside the temple more than the inside.. It wasn't the most attractive Buddhist temple I ever seen.. I like the calmness where the monks meditate & offer their prayers

Visited November 2012
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“Very busy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Went here last week and interesting to see but felt we were intruding a bit on lots of people who were actually there to pray.

Not much explanation unless you pay for a guide which is frustrating as you pay an entry fee & for someone to mind your shoes! Definitely read up a bit before going so you get more value from the trip

Visited September 2013
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