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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Well - everyone visiting Kandy feels that this is a “must see”. We found it crowded a certainly not the least bit uplifting or spiritual. People are pushed along, allowing only seconds to move past the most sacred portion of the temple. In all it was a total shemozzle.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

The entrance price for tourists is too high, Rs1500.
It is a great structure and inside is really amazing. It houses a tooth of Buddha. It can be very busy, specially if you want to see the urn where the tooth is kept.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019

I enjoyed wandering around the temple and seeing some of the ceremony - the music and drumming was cool. Be warned, it is a busy tourist and religious attraction, so there are crowds during the ceremony. Instead of rushing to the line to see the tooth, we headed to the museum side of the temple and read about the history with almost no one around us. Later, we went upstairs and walked by the doorway where the tooth is housed. We lucked out with timing when they opened the door and caught a glimpse inside. Be prepared for the crowds' attempt to push up towards the doorway, and enjoy the people watching (easier if you're taller than the crowd). Remember to wear clothing to cover your shoulders and knees. You'll also need to leave your shoes at the designated booth outside the temple.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019

Although very important place for the Buddhists, tourists pay big money to see a Temple! Very limited time they open the main door of the temple, but still no one can see, or go close to the real relics, unless you are a big politician! It is covered by GOLD chains, Gems studded decorations! Buddha left the rich prince hood to become a simple man, leaving all the GOLD behind the palace. And here this temple showing different kind of Buddhism, not the real teaching of Buddha. If the Lord Buddha visits this temple today he will be surprised and ashamed to see this kind of temple using his name doing big business! As a Buddhist I was not very happy to see this kind of Gold decorated Relics, and extremely unhappy about limited opening time. There are lots of beautiful temples in sri Lanka are free for tourists! Avoid this place!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jaywithanage
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

The temple housed the sacred relic of Buddha ie his tooth. Dress modestly for your visit. It’s free to enter the grounds but you must pay and remove your shoes if you’re going into the main temple. I would recommend a paid tour to get a better understanding of the place.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Natalie P
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