Buddhist Art and Temple Experience

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From $41.03

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Colombo, Colombo

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Buddhist iconography of Sri Lanka is rich with tales of the birth, life and death of Gautama Buddha. Illustrations of the ancient scriptures can be found as mural paintings and sculptures in temples and monastery caves. Also they can be seen during religious festivals in form of thoran, kolam and decorative lanterns. Enjoy a curated visit of a beautifully decorated temple for a personalized immersion into the island’s artistic traditions. Devotional art inspires a transformative journey into the hearts and minds of talented local experts. The artistic seeker experience is an opportunity to learn about local crafts and Buddhist rituals as local worshipers have practiced them for centuries.

What's Included

Bottled water

Offerings: flowers, oil lamps, incense

What's Not Included

Private transportation

Temple donations

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 80

Additional Info

  • For temple visits please wear modest attire: tops covering shoulders, bottoms covering knees.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • White-color clothes are customary and are recommended for local temple visits, but not obligatory.
  • Before entering the temple, shoes must be removed.
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya
Visit a beautifully picturesque Buddhist temple in the suburbs of Colombo. This important monastic complex has a long history dating back to the early Anuradhapura period. The legend has it that one of the eight saplings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree was planted at the heart of the temple grounds and has been worshipped by the local devotees for many centuries. The “lankathilaka” of this temple is built to the same architectural design as the Polonnaruwa image house. It is decorated with master artist paintings illustrating the episodes in Gautama Buddha’s life and path to Nirvana. You will be accompanied by an art scholar on a curated tour of these temple paintings and symbolic rituals as practiced in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. You will learn the various iconography and religious symbols used in the Buddhist art tradition of Sri Lanka, from its ancient to its modern era. This activity is ideal for those seeking to gain a deeper understanding of cultural traditions as expressed through art and daily religious practices. It can be conducted for groups and individuals.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

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