Some are put off by the feeling that this is more a commercial than spiritual enterprise, but this Buddhist temple beside Beira Lake in the heart of Colombo is undeniably the city's most colorful shrine. Founded in the late 19th century as an institute for training monks, it is full of Buddha statues—some of them massive—in various styles from Thai through Sri Lankan to Burmese. An adjoining museum houses an eclectic collection ranging from jade and ivory Buddhas,
to an old Rolls-Royce, and the very first Mercedes to arrive in Sri Lanka. Be forewarned, however, that some visitors are distressed by the sight of the resident temple elephant—which spends most of its days chained up with little chance to move.
61 Sri Jinarathana Rd., Colombo, Sri Lanka
Jan 21, 2013
I strongly disagree with the information above. I visited this place when I was spending a Sri Lanka holidays recently. As per my knowledge all Buddhist temples are free to enter you don't have to pay anything. But if you are generous enough please donate some money to charity. If someone is guiding you properly and you are satisfied treat them well. I have been given an excellent support by some of the locals time to time. I was generous enough to
thanks them back as well. This old ancient temple is a must visit since it has many historical importance. Being different from other Buddhist temples this temple belongs to Mahayana part of the religion. Many historical artifacts from the post British domination can be seen over there. The sight are amazing you can see the pictures on my website please visit for more information. I recommended this place for anyone who is in their Sri Lanka Tours