Explore Gangaramaya Temple
Gangaramaya is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Colombo Sri Lanka, notable for its eclectic blend of architectural styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and India. Located near the placid waters of Beira Lake, this Buddhist temple was built in the late 19th century by the famous scholar monk Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. Besides the main features of the Simamalaka Shrine, the Bodhi tree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Relic Chamber and the Vihara temple with exceptionally beautiful statues & carvings inside, Gangaramaya has several imposing buildings serving as a museum, a library, educational halls, and an alms hall. Today, the temple is not only a place of worship, but also a famous center of learning about Buddhism with many training centers. In February every year, Gangaramaya Temple becomes vibrant during the Navam Perahera with fire dancers, flag bearers, dancers, and the procession of bhikkus.