The biggest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia, this temple is a peaceful homage to the Buddha Maitreya. The Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya temple is home to some of the largest statues of the many forms of Buddha, primarily the Buddha Maitreya. The temple itself has five sections, with prayer halls and rooms filled with art and sculpture. Tourists wanting to experience another religion can go to this picturesque temple.There is also a vegetarian restaurant within the premises, in addition to a souvenir shop and a clinic. Tourists may take photos within the vihara, which is usually crowded on weekends and holidays.
The power and beauty of the temple draws many people towards it, both locals as well as foreigners. However, the temple offers many rooms which can accommodate a lot of people who wish to offer prayers or meditate. Thus, Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple marks one of the most tranquil and peaceful places to visit on the island. Accompanying the main Buddha statue are 12 other smaller statues which represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac signs
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