Seema Malaka was originally constructed in the late 19th century. The original structure slowly sank into the water in 1970s. In 1976, World renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was brought in to redesign and construct the temple, which stands today.The reconstruction was funded by a Sri Lankan Muslim businessman, S. H. Moosajee, and his wife, in memory of their son Ameer S. Moosajee.
It did not follow traditional Buddhist temple layouts. Many of the statues have been donated by Buddhists in Thailand. You will not find an overload of vivid colours inside the temple. Everything is toned down to provide a tranquil location in which to sit and meditate.