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Gangaramaya Temple

The Gangaramaya Temple is located in a lane called Hunupitiya Lake Road off the Sri Jinaratana Road which is opposite the Sima Malaka temple. It is famous for its stepped wall of Buddhist statues that can be seen on lots of Colombo tourist post cards. It is one of the more impressive Buddhist temples in Colombo. Not only are there hundreds of stone carvings but you can inspect many Buddhist paintings depicting stories from the life of Buddha.

Unlike other Sri Lankan Buddhist temples the Gangaramaya Temple has a small museum in which it displays items it has been given as gifts. Surprisingly this includes a few classic cars. If the Museum is locked just ask and it will be opened for you.

Between 5pm and 6.30pm medication classes are held every Friday and Tuesday. All are welcome. The temples is also a place of learning as well as worship. I found the monks very friendly and willing to show you around. They welcomed questions about their religion and the life of Buddha. Ask them about what the different poses depicted on the Buddha statues mean and you will have a fascinating answer. o Buddhists the most sacred Bodhi tree of all is the the Sri Maha in Anuradhapura. A sapling was taken from this tree and planted within the grounds of the Gangaramaya. This Bodhi tree is now over 100 years old.

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