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“Remains of the royal palace and now archaeological museum”

Royal Palace of Kandy
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Ghaziabad, India
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“Remains of the royal palace and now archaeological museum”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

The remains we see today of the Royal Palace of Kandy is the residence of the last king of Kandyan Kingdom, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 – 1814). The original palace has been burnt and destroyed several times and rebuilt again by subsequent kings. The first palace was built by King Vickramabahu III of Gampola Kingdom (1357-1374). During the period of King Senarat (1603 – 1634), the Portuguese attacked the Kandyan Kingdom and destroyed the palace. Rajasinghe II who accented to the throne in 1637 probably rebuilt it and all the subsequent kings upto 1815 (the year which the kingdom fell under British rule), used this as their Royal Palace. By the time of the last king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 – 1814) the palace comprised of many buildings scattered spread among the premises. During the beginning of the British period, it was used by Government Agent Sir John D'Oyly. Successors of D'Oyly continued to use it as their official residence.

Today only the front entrance of the old palace situated on the left hand side of the Temple of Tooth Relic remains and the building houses the Museum of the Department of Archaeology.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“old”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

i reccomend this place for all travelers.the arts of this palace is very nice and old.you can get nice images from there.

Visited June 2014
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Nairobi
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“good place”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

if you buy the ticket to visit the tooth temple then this is part of it.. its worth to stroll around and understand the history of the KInd and Palace of Kandy ...

Visited July 2013
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Surrey
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“breathtaking”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had a super guide here and were able to appreciate how the palace had been used as well as how it was built.

Visited February 2014
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“Dalada Maligai”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had visited this place recently. The temple was ofcourse beautiful but very crowded. Non residents were charged 500(Srilankan money) each. It reminded me of Tirupathi temple where people stand in long queues. We waited around 40 min to see the Tooth relic of Buddha which was considered sacred. However we could only see some golden basket (dont even remember what I saw). I did not feel good about going to this temple as there was only chaos all around. I did not get the peace which i expected out of going to temples.

Visited March 2014
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