Seema Malakaya Temple
Seema Malakaya Temple
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Calm, peaceful and so tranquil. Entrance fee also covers entrance to Gangarama Temple and possibly other sites. This place is so chilled and not very busy so check it out and enjoy the tranquility.
Written November 21, 2023
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Yohani
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
I like this place. This is a one of the lovely, beautiful and scenery places in Colombo. I would like to spend a lot of time there. ♥
Written July 19, 2023
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Goodgirl98
Chennai (Madras), India43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I was stopped at the entry and charged an entry of 400 SLR. I was not aware of the fees since I was not charged at the nearby temple and there was no information posted. Hence only viewed it from out side and since it was in the water, it was easy to view the full facade from the outside. I was little put off by the charge have decided not to go in. It has a good vibe though
Written May 23, 2023
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is a lovely temple, right on the water. The nearby temple is also worth a visit and they're apparently related. It's amazing to think how peaceful this temple was, despite it being in the middle of hectic Colombo! Remember to remove your shoes and leave them on the pathway under the tree.
Written March 8, 2023
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Dasun
Matale, Sri Lanka960 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I visited this in the morning. so wonderful place .very silence place. good atmosphere to meditation.
Written March 20, 2022
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Jepro
Vantaa, Finland191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
English below
Juuri ennen Poya dayta tunnelma oli todella rauhallinen, mutta rakennusmiehiä eri puolilla häiritsi vierailua. Paikka on kuitenkin kaunis.
Just befor Poya day it was very peaceful in here, but there were renovation in different parts of sights so we didn't want to stay long. Place is nice and beautiful
Written February 25, 2022
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Michael Morris
Palma de Mallorca, Spain37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
I visited this temple an hour before sunset to catch the last light of day reflecting off the golden Buddha statues. The views of the city across the water are wonderful and the environment is perfect for meditation.
Written November 19, 2021
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Satya Bhatti
Manila, Philippines20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
Lighting to buddha statue and lake view are highlight at this buddhist temple.. 4 sides of the temple are covered with bhuddha statues...
Written August 27, 2021
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manel777
Kotte, Sri Lanka194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Seema malakaya is a very small temple belong to nearby Gangaramaya .Designed by the famous architect Jeffory Bawa it has a love view of the city.a place you can meditate.If you are looking to get phographs this is one of the best places.
Written November 14, 2020
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,683 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Seema Malakaya temple is in Central Colombo, in the middle of the Beira Lake. Though listed separately in TripAdvisor, Seema Malakaya is part of the nearby Gangarama temple. It had initially been built as a ritual house (also called chapter house) for buddhist priests where junior priests are ordained as senior priests and where rules of Sangha (buddhist priests) are implemented and disciplinary decisions taken and enforced.
The original “Seema Malakaya” or chapter house started disintegrating in the seventies sinking into Beira lake. It was reconstructed in the late seventies to a modern design by the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. It is a place for meditation and a gathering hall.
The temple is on three platforms interconnected by pontoon bridges. The connection to James Peiris Mawatha too is via a pontoon bridge. The wood panelled central house of meditation is where one can sit and meditate or simply enjoy the scenic view surrounding the lake. Surrounding the central building are gold coloured seated buddha statues. On the four outer corners are statues of Hindu deities including Shiva and Ganesh. On the left platform is the bodhi tree and a seated Buddha statue flanked by two standing statues. The third platform on the right is the real “Seema Malakaya” with entry restricted to priests. I understand that this building also contains some valuable Buddhist books.
Compared to the gaudy coloured Gangarama temple, this Seema Malakaya is simple, charming, attractive, and pleasant to the eye. I felt serene and tranquil after my visit.
As with all temples in Sri Lanka – it is open to people of all faiths. The entrance ticket (required only by foreigners) to close-by Gangarama temple provides access to this Seema Malakaya too. Visitors are required to dress modestly and remove footwear at the entrance.
Written May 4, 2020
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