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Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

A bit of a hike from the nearest parking on a hot day. Shoes have to be left at a kiosk outside the temple and there is a dress code. No shoulders or knees allowed to be on show. There is a queue to see the tooth relic and you are not allowed time to admire it but ushered past quickly by security. We had a good guide otherwise wouldn’t have a clue what it was all about.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020 via mobile

We visited the Temple with our guide - the best way to have the inside knowledge. We went to see the offerings at 9.30am, at this time some separate rooms are opened which aren’t usually open during other hours. FYI you can’t actually see the tooth; it is well protected in a stupa which is behind a closed door but open during the offering time. It was quite busy but use your manners and getting around is fine. As it is a sacred place, clothing is more strict. Leggings for women need to be covered appropriately and men preferably trousers however my husband just wore a sarong over shorts. Shoulders are also covered accordingly. Make sure you take time to see the ancient paintings portraying the story of the relic and see the taxidermy elephant!

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

Spectacular temple with locals using it actively for worship. So much to see and what there is is beautiful. A must visit while in Kandy

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020 via mobile

We were staying close to Kandy and knew that this was one of the biggest attractions in the area and our only available day to go was on a Saturday. We left early and got to the temple area around 9:30am. You must leave your shoes with a shoe keeper and buy your ticket in the same area. Make sure you are properly dressed as they will not let you in with any knee or shoulder showing (although you can buy a sarong right there if necessary). Women and men go through separate security lines and for us, the lines were extremely long and quite slow-I believe this was because of our timing. From there, you can make your way into the main temple and line up in a hectic, crowded, and sweaty manner for a VERY quick look at the golden casket which holds the sacred tooth of Buddha. From there, you are free to wander the grounds and look into the different buildings, including a museum with artifacts under glass, a room devoted to the famous temple elephant Raja the Tusker, and also some archeological artifacts. Altogether a very fascinating look into the passionate devotion to Buddha in Sri Lanka.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020

We visited this temple as part of an organised tour with Walkers tours and definitely benefited from having our guide, Sumith, giving his insight and sharing his expertise whilst we were there. I don't think the experience would have been the same without this personal insight and informed commentary.

Firstly, to be clear you do not see the sacred tooth! If you are lucky you may get a quick peek at the casket (with its separate 5 locks) where it is housed. If you are a tourist you can reach this by one very quick queue where Buddhists who wish to leave an offering may queue for 3 hours to reach the relic. The feeling of reference and respect is overwhelming and moving, just close your eyes for a moment and take in the sounds of chanting and drumming, the smells of essence and offerings, the emotions shown by people of faith. I can honestly say I felt completely overcome and still shiver at the memory.

On leaving this area there is plenty more to see which are less crowded and easier to view. We particularly enjoyed the room with the pictures outlining the history of the sacred tooth around a statue of Buddha with another place for offerings

a must do place in Kandy, particularly if you can have an insight as to why it is so important to the people of Sri Lanka

Date of experience: February 2020
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