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Gangaramaya Temple which was built in the late 19th century,located on the Beira Lake, is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.

As with any Buddhist temple, visitors must first take off their shoes before entering; however, the floor tends to get heated very quickly, so it is wise to take a pair of socks with you. Entrance fee is 300 LKR per person and donation boxes are at many places for willing donors. Today Gangaramaya serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship; it is also a centre of learning. The temple is involved in Buddhist welfare work including old peoples’ homes, a vocational school and an orphanage. The temple is uniquely attractive and tolerant to congregation members of many different religions. It has also been instrumental in establishing the Buddhist temple on Staten Island (US) the Buddhist Center in New York and the Buddhist Centre in Tanzania, thereby helping to propagate the Dhamma in other countries. There are many Buddha statues in all sorts of sizes, materials and forms.

If you are visiting Sri Lanka and if you are a person who is fond of learning about Buddhism and to relax your mindset, then, this place is a must visit.


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