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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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+94 11 2 435169
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US$75.00*
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Entrance fee is donated to local children

The small fee is immediately placed into a donation box when you pay. The temple has been operating as a non-profit for a long time, and people provide donations in various... read more

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Raipur, India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a Buddhist temple with a number of Hindu God idols.. And this place is too cramped, not with people but with statues, idols and things.. They even have 3 vintage cars but that's not the weirdest things to be in a temple.. They have glass-door cupboards with numerous broken watches, utensils, even pen-drives!!! To repeat, this is too... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is part temple and part crazy museum. There is stuff everywhere - chinawear, old money, loads of old buddhas, old cars etc. Interesting to see the temple side of things, but the other stuff is interesting too.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The small fee is immediately placed into a donation box when you pay. The temple has been operating as a non-profit for a long time, and people provide donations in various forms. Some forms being collectible objects. The temple is decorated in a number of different buddhas, including a jade buddha. In addition to the buddhas, there is a museum... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple is at the hearth of Colombo city center, around the lake. In February in full moon festival there was a parade with drums, dancers and elephants. This was the peak moment of our Sri Lanka holiday. (it was 9-10 February in 2017)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A 120 year old temple built with a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence from Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, and China, arch. It is a must see.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Althought many guides, tuktuk drivers and hotel receptionists recommended me to visit the Gangaramaya Temple, I must say that I was deeply disappointed by it. It looks more like a commercial religious museum than experiencing the devote atmosphere of a Buddhist Temple, It is also the only temple as far as I know in Colombo that asks for an entrance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Reckoned to be one of the best temples to visit in Sri Lanka, so paid it a visit whilst on a day tour from our Cruise Ship.Quite a non- descript building from the outside, compared to other temples we've seen on our travels. $2 each entry fee and the obligatory removal of shoes. We entered what can only be described... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The temple is sprawling, has many buildings, no one obvious center, represents many styles (Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese and something else) and if anything contains as many gifts as sacred objects that run riot. There have been Hindu and Moslem gift offerings as well. They seem to have thought here that if one Buddha is good, 1000s of little ones... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing buddhist temple at the heart of the city, such calmness. Only people push for donations is slightly embarrassing..

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well... It was my first Asian Buddhist temple. It was crowded - not with people - but with trinkets, artworks, odds and ends. Dusty and unorganized (I'm really trying to not be culturally insensitive). I didn't understand. It didn't feel holy, it felt like it needed a good cleaning and some decluttering. My driver told me those are mementos of... More 

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