Gangaramaya Temple 1227 views

ColomboHistory & Culture

Recomended duration
2 Hours
Best time of the year to visit
Throughout the year
Open Hours
6AM to 8PM


Little bit about Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is a mixture of modern architecture and cultural essence. The architecture of the temple demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian and Chinese architecture. The temple is located close to the Beira Lake on a plot of land that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land.

The temple includes many features, the main being the Vihara, the Cetiya the Bodhi Tree, Vihara Mandiraya, the Seema Malaka and the Relic Chamber, others include; museum, library, a residential hall, a three storeyed Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall. The Seema Malaka shrine built with donations from a Muslim sponsor to the design of Geoffrey Bawa  is the main attraction for tourists. At present the Gangaramaya is a centre of Learning and not only a place of Buddhist worship. The temple serves as a welfare, an elder’s home, vocational school and an orphanage as well. The insides of the temple have been beautifully designed and hosts many groups and different religions.

This temple is popular in organizing the best festivities annually; the Vesak festival, the annual Navam Perahera and many others. Gangarmaya is well known for its unparalleled social services. The museum of Gangaramaya is replete with a range of ageless treasures from ancient Sri Lanka as well as from around the world. These treasures include; Buddha statues, ancient ola leaf writings, old coins etc. When you are on a vacation to Colombo, include this temple in your list of must visits.

Things to know before you go

  • As in other Buddhist shrines, take off your shoes and hats before entering
  • Do not turn your back to Buddha statues

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