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Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

615 Reviews

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

615 Reviews
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Kai Wah wrote a review Mar. 2020
Malaysia2,785 contributions201 helpful votes
This place is located at a suburb of Kelaniya, where is 11km away from Colombo. We used UBER-Tuk to come here from Jami UI Alfar Mosque which saved the trouble of haggling and cost us LKR350. No entrance fee for foreigners, but we saw many local devotees here for worship and meditation. We also happened to see a blessing ceremony to a toddler done by a monk with the parents. The temple is regarded as sacred place by the locals who believed that the Lord of Buddha had visited this place. The architecture of the temple is intriguing with sculptural images. There is graffiti inside the temple that narrates the life of Buddha with famous Reclining Buddha statue inside the temple. Very interesting cultural site with intriguing architecture and history.
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Date of experience: February 2020
TamarTiger wrote a review Mar. 2020
Suffolk, United Kingdom191 contributions161 helpful votes
We were taken to this temple by an over enthusiastic tuck tuck driver (never, ever, trust a tuck tuck driver) and yes, it was quite interesting but fir a place with such history and such important wall art the thing that came across was that it was totally uncared for and filthy. If the religion has all the devout followers it seems to why aren’t some of them cleaning their religious, holy places?
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brenda H wrote a review Feb. 2020
Durham, United Kingdom656 contributions274 helpful votes
This is a very beautiful temple to worship the Lord Buddha. A very sacred area and shoes must be removed of course, however they are removed before you enter the grounds which are quite extensive so do remember to wear socks as the sand and paving stones can be very very hot! There are places around where worshippers leave flowers and gifts for the Buddha and pray. Inside the temple there is a marvellous gold sleeping Buddha covered with the finest muslin or silk. The frescos are very old and tell the story of the temple. A very beautiful sacred place.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Michael Todd Davis wrote a review Feb. 2020
20 contributions4 helpful votes
During our 21 day trip to Sri Lanka, we saw about 15-20 temples, this one being the last on the way to the airport. Not very interesting, though the architecture was more interesting than most. Do not recommend. No western tourists, except my wife and me, and I think for good reason. A lot of paintings on the walls, but again not interesting. Locals seem to love this temple.
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Date of experience: January 2020
geeta s wrote a review Jan. 2020
5 contributions
Very nice stupa and Buddha statues . Beautiful paintings all over walls and roof. A must visit. Serene atmosphere.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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