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Timings : 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fee : 300 LKR for foreigners

Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo Overview

The Gangaramaya Temple is a unique blend of architecture and culture and a place for Buddhist learning and worship. It also effectively takes part in social welfare. It was built first in the 19th century and started by the famous scholar-monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. The temple is a unique blend of architectural styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese and India.

One can see the architectural combination in temple’s features like the Vihara, which is the main temple, Cetiya (which is a pagoda), the Bodhi Tree, Seema Malaka which is the assembly hall for monks, the Vihara Mandiraya, and the relic chamber where all the relics are stored.

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Things to do

The central corridor has a Buddha statue and a museum around it which displays numerous colourful Buddha statues. There are a lot of things to see in this magnificent temple that you wouldn’t want to miss. There is an old bodhi, which was first planted as a Bo sapling brought from Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura. There are Buddha statues in many positions like sitting, standing, sleeping and meditating, made of metals like bronze and gold. Some of the relics that should not be missed are buddha’s hair, colossal ivory tusks, 14 kg solid ruby Buddha statue, world’s smallest Buddha figurine, ancient manuscripts, old paintings and gifts from devotees.

Devotees are known for gifting luxuriously to the temple. You will find an impressive array of expensive cars like the Rolls Royce, Mercedes etc. which are gifted by the devotees. Apart from the cars they also gift things like expensive watches, ornaments and artefacts to the temple. There also resides an elephant which participates in the yearly parade held at Kandy and carries the Buddha tooth relic in the procession.

Timings

6:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day.

Entry Fee

No entry fee for the locals. 

A nominal fee of 300 LKR for foreigners is charged.

The entry fee that you pay will grant the access to Gangaramaya Temple and the Seemamalakaya Temple across the road.

Tips

1) Since it is a holy site, one must dress conservatively. For men, long pants and a shirt that covers the shoulders are necessary. The women may wear skirts or pants, but the knees should be covered, and the top shouldn’t be transparent with shoulders covered.

2) Remove caps and slippers at the entrance.

3) Take permission for carrying photography equipment.

4) Don’t turn your back towards the Buddha statue for taking photos as it is considered rude by the locals.

5) Keep your phones in silent mode to maintain the peace of the temple and avoid disturbing fellow worshipers. 

Nearby Places To Visit

Seema Malakaya is another temple opposite Gangaramaya temple on the calm waters of Beira Lake. It is a suitable place for meditation and observing some moments in peace.

The national museum is also located very near to Gangaramaya temple.

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1 year ago
Had a peaceful experience. Beautiful calm place to visit. The second temple in the water body is pleasant to be at.

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