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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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Address: 61 Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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If you have not seen a Buddhist Temple and tight for time when in Colombo this is the place to visit for a quick update.

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Muscat, Oman
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I love this temple very much! I go every time when I have trip to Colombo! Peaceful and best place for Buddhist people like me!

Thank Thend S
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This is one of the ancient and famous Bhudhist temples in Colombo. You can witness various antique stuffs, ornaments, etc. Gangaramaya hosts an annual pageant every year and attracts locals and tourists to witness this pageant. Don't forget to meet the young jumbo ( baby elephant) outside the temple.

Thank Nuzraan
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have not seen a Buddhist Temple and tight for time when in Colombo this is the place to visit for a quick update.

Thank chandanadesilva2016
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Since nothing much in Colombo, you can spend some time here. I will personally rate it not a must visit place but good. It has a good vibe and peaceful aura like any other Budhist temple. Nice arhitecture. However, ticket at temples is something which was a put off for me.

Thank atul_am
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Columbo was once known as the "garden city" of the East and today it is flourishing as a vibrant cosmopolitan hub. Gangaramaya is one of it's most vibrant attractions. It is a beautiful 19th century sprawling Temple which is one of the most important in Columbo. It is a mix of Sri Lankan, This, Indian, Chinese and modern architecture with... More 

Thank Judi L
New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been to a lot of temples but this really had a mixture of everything temple museum, heaps of stuff in cabinets but like tinkering through a amazing second hand store but nothing for sale 😀had some trees growing inside and many different levels you could spend ages here ?

Thank Michelle W
Shropshire UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This temple seems more like a museum. There are so many artefacts from cars to coins on display. Despite being on a busy road it felt like an oasis of calm as a monk was gently chanting. It's a must-see place when in Colombo.

Thank Boolya
Bengaluru, India
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Visited Gangaramaya temple, not a must visit place but as there is nothing much in Colombo to do so its considered to be OK. What I liked in gangaramaya is the way the stairs and paths lead and where they end is very confusing. More than the Gangaramaya, Seema Mallik is better. Very expensive tickets for foreigners.

Thank SamaKarts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The experience is very nice you get to see multiple rooms with different feel to them. go to the second floor and take photos of the group of Buddha statues from above. TIP***- once you're done with your tour you can wash your feet just on the outside corner of the temple just outside the room with the big Buddha... More 

Thank Yazan H
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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I sometimes visit this temple when I'm in Colombo. It's a great place for spiritual wellbeing and to spend some time mystified by the artifacts in the museum. The heat is a little high and the place is usually crowded but it's usually like that at most temples. However one thing I disapprove is that foreigners have to pay a... More 

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