Seema Malakaya Temple

Seema Malakaya Temple, Colombo

Seema Malakaya Temple
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Michael Morris
Palma de Mallorca, Spain32 contributions
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 19 November 2021
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Satya Bhatti
Manila, Philippines20 contributions
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 27 August 2021
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manel777
Kotte, Sri Lanka191 contributions
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 14 November 2020
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,464 contributions
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 4 May 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,777 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is more like a temple for meditation than worship. There is no entrance fee required during our visit even there is indication of the entrance fee charge. The temple was redesigned by a famous Sri Lankan architect named Geoffrey Bawa. Interesting temple built on Beira Lake. It is good to combine visit to this temple with another nearby temple, namely Gangaramaya Temple within 5-10 mins walk. A good place for short visit around 30 minutes. Important notes to dress appropriately with covered shoulder and pants/ dress below knee cap as form of respect to the local culture.
Written 7 March 2020
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,614 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Small but nice temple and worth a visit. But pretty unusual for temples to let visitors pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Located on the lake, its beautiful from outside, though the lake is not well maintained. One get beautiful views of the skyline of Colombo from here. Just around a ten minute visit.
Situated in the Beira Lake, the temple was originally constructed in the late 19th century. It is a part of the Gangaramaya Temple, situated few hundred meters to its east. Therefor if you are visiting Gangaramaya Temple use the same ticket for Seema Malakya, 2 minutes away.
Written 1 March 2020
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Jackie D
Melbourne, Australia175 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Just off a Main Street. A small temple that will give you an idea of the feel of Colombo. Visited it as part of a tut tut tour. Only a short time required.
Written 22 February 2020
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Michael Todd Davis
20 contributions
Jan 2020
The architecture of the new buildings is far more interesting than the temple. However, since it is close to Gangaramaya, worth seeing for the lake view.
Written 9 February 2020
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747nadia
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa300 contributions
Dec 2019
On arrival we were taken aback with this peaceful temple and lake in the middle of the concrete jungle.

As in most temples we had to take our shoes off and the women had to cover their legs and shoulders with coverings provided.

Great spot to take photos that will capture Colombo perfectly.
Written 20 January 2020
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uzmelissa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates133 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Its very good location to understand quite and kind Sri lanka spirit. Its on the lake you ll feel the deepest feeling when you visit
Written 15 January 2020
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