Little bit about Independence Square
The Independence Square of Sri Lanka sits in the heart of Colombo next to the Torrington Grounds. It is a resplendent reminder of Sri Lanka’s Independence campaign at the end of which we gained independence from the British Crown in 4th February 1948. This memorial hall is built at the place where the formal ceremony took place, where Sri Lanka regained the self-ruling powers, by opening the first parliament.
A massive edifice which towers over the surrounding structures, the architecture of the Independence Square is built in keeping with traditional Sri Lankan architectural tropes. The design is based on the Magul Maduwa (Celebration Hall) in Kandy, where the agreements signed between the Kandy kingdom and the British giving the ruling powers to the British monarchy, ending the Kandy kingdom in 5 March 1815.
Encapsulated in this foundation is a chamber which houses a museum dedicated to the Independence movement of Sri Lanka. The independence square is used as a prime location for many state functions, all under the watchful gaze of a mammoth statue of the Father of the Independence Movement, Hon. D.S. Senanayake.
Surrounding the independence square is a beautifully curated park which is visited by the public for recreation and exercise daily.
Independence Memorial Museum ticket prices:
If you wish to take photographs inside the museum, need to take a pass worth of LKR 200.
Other places you could visit in Colombo
National Museum Colombo
Galle Face Green
History & Culture
Colombo City Centre