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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 11 2 435169
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What a weird place.....

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The name was misleading but the beautiful Temple for Buddha was a real eye catcher! So many Buddha statues, such a serene atmosphere and it was great to know the contribution from each country from all over the world! Had real pleasant experience visiting the place.

Thank Mozeena B
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the gratest buddhist temple in srilanka and in a city. We, also can see the world's buddhist monuments and lots of statues in here. And also many antique ornaments too can be seen displayed in here.

New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The complex is quite large and the Bodhi Tree is very impressive. The museum has some interesting artefacts - and the whole complex looks like a small city. The Buddha statues are beautiful and there is a very positive energy.

Thank Gayatri G
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thus is not an ancient temple. There is nothing special to see and say that it is a must see attraction. Plenty of statues of Buuddha. Since it is in the heart of Colombo city no harm in spending some time. Not very colourful either. More a tourist attraction than a place of worship.

Thank sanmugasundaran s
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was an amazing temple. Rambling rooms on various levels contained so much stuff it's difficult to describe it all! Many, many Buddha statues, from massive to tiny were surrounded by gifts from supporters. These donated objects included valuable gold and ivory items and ancient manuscripts cheek by jowl with dusty plastic flowers, old typewriters and a stuffed elephant. There... More 

Thank monicker
Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There is No Entrance fee at all! People there ask you to pay a ticket which is actually a "donation to children"as they said. No one should be forced to donate! Obviously, they can not give you a ticket but a receipt. Ticket is for everyone, and the only differences are local prices and foreign prices. When you find locals... More 

Thank Realsmilesally
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely temple but with an electric strange museum attached that contains a random selection of items, ranging from motor cars to dining furniture, alongside it. For sure there's plenty of spirituality but the tourists outnumber the worshipers 5-1. Take time to look at the main prayer sanctuary which is located ar the front right, as this contains the most... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is very nice temple located in the city of Colombo. A great place for any body who visit Colombo. Avoid the evening visits as there are so many people. Best time is morning or late afternoon.

Thank Rahul S
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a nice and calm place. The main hall Buddha statues are simply awesome. The entire place and the museum is very clean and neatly maintained. However, didn't liked the idea of collective ticket-money for a temple visit. Never paid any money to visit a church or temple....

Thank jitendra_wilankar
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This temple is very odd - it's got a labyrinth-like design, with small nooks and crannies popping up all over the place. And it is just SATURATED in random objects that have been donated - from watches, to small statues, to cars, to toys, to a fake (but very life-like) elephant. Everything is sorted in groups, but you feel like... More 

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