Colombo, Sri Lanka

Left Galle drivung for the largest city of colombo.

Photos, on the way to Colombo City

Photos, on the way to Colombo City

Arrived in the Colombo City

Arrived in the Colombo City

Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. It has a population of 5.6 million metropolitan area, and 752,993 in the City proper. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination.

Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982. Sri Jayawardenepura Kott is a large suburb of Colombo city and the official capital of Sri Lanka, It’s also known as Kott.

Map of the Colombo City Centre (From Mapped Planet)

Map of the Colombo City Centre (From Mapped Planet)

Description of the Map

Description of the Map

BOC Tower and WTC Twin Tower

BOC Tower and WTC Twin Tower (These photos are from brochures.)

Beach on the Indian Ocean, BOC Tower and WTC Twin Tower

Beach on the Indian Ocean, BOC Tower and WTC Twin Tower (These photos are from brochures.)

Independence Square, Beira Lake, Galle Face Green and Old Parliament

Independence Square, Beira Lake, Galle Face Green and Old Parliament (These photos are from brochures.)

I live in Tokyo,but I do not like crowded big cities. So, after arrived in Colombo City, I walked around this town without a purpose.

Scenery of Colombo city

Scenery of Colombo city

The atmosphere of Colombo

The atmosphere of Colombo

Seema Malakaya Temple on the Beira Lake

Seema Malaka Temple

Seema Malaka Temple is the assembly hall for monks at the Gangaramaya Vihara Buddhist Temple, one of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka. The reason for its fame is three fold – modern architecture, religious importance and cultural significance. The reason for its fame is three fold – modern architecture, religious importance and cultural significance.

Seema Malaka Temple is really beautiful.

Seema Malaka Temple is really beautiful.

Interior of the Seema Malaka Temple

Interior of the Seema Malaka Temple

The temple is built in the reclaimed swampland near the Beira Lake. The beautiful temple was established by Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera about 120 years ago.

Buddhist images of the Seema Malaka Temple

Buddhist images of the Seema Malaka Temple

Left Seema Malaka Temple for Gangaramaya Temple

Left Seema Malaka Temple for Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.

Entrance of the Gangaramaya Temple

Entrance of the Gangaramaya Temple

This Buddhist temple includes several imposing buildings and is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake on a plot of land that was originally a small hermitage on a piece of marshy land.

Statues of the Gangaramaya Temple

Statues of the Gangaramaya Temple

Too much Buddhist images in the temple

Too much Buddhist images in the temple

Today Gangaramaya serves not only as a place of Buddhist worship, it is also a centre of learning. The temple is involved in Buddhist welfare work including old peoples’ homes, a vocational school and an orphanage.

The precincts of the temple

The precincts of the temple

I left the Gangaramaya Temple for Independence Memorial Hall.

Colombo Town Hall, Souvenir shop, Intersection of old town and Devatagaha Mosque

Colombo Town Hall, Souvenir shop, Intersection of old town and Devatagaha Mosque

Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948.

Independence Memorial Hall; it’s also called Independence Commemoration Hall.

Independence Memorial Hall; it’s also called Independence Commemoration Hall.

Independence Commemoration Hall

Independence Commemoration Hall

Independence Memorial Hall is located at the Independence Square (formally Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.

Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall

The last photo; Street of Colombo at Dusk

The last photo; Street of Colombo at Dusk

After the Independence Memorial Hall, I had dinner, derived to Bandaranaike International Airport and then flew to Tokyo.

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