Slave Island

Seema Malakaya

This attractive temple is built on an artificial man made island by the tree lined Beira lake edge. You can gain access to the religious complex by walking over a pontoon boardwalk. It is part of the Gangaramaya Temple and is a centre for meditation. On the top of the enclosure boundary wall are numerous statues of Buddha sitting in different poses. There is a model of the foot of the Buddha sculptured in marble. On your visit stop walking and sit down. Enjoy the calm of being on the water. The hustle and bustle of the city, although nearby, seems to lesson.

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.