The magnificent Seema Malaka is one of the most prominent Buddhist temples in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is an incredibly attractive landmark which sees large numbers of tourists as well as locals throughout the year. You will be able to catch a glimpse of it as you drive alongside the glistening Beira Lake. Seema Malaka is part of the Gangaramaya Temple, which is also located about 100 meters away.

Seema Malaka

Facts About Seema Malaka

The majestic temple mainly used for meditation purposes. It is said that the original temple was built back in the 19th century. However this original structure started sinking. And in year 1976 veteran Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa commissioned with the task of redesigning this building. And so a masterpiece of the highest order was created! Eminent Sri Lankan Muslim businessman S. H. Moosajee and his wife funded the project in memory of their son Ameer S. Moosajee.

The temple which stands upon the waters of Beira Lake embraces the design and style of ancient monasteries in the forests of Anuradhapura and Ritigala. There are three platforms in the temple, which are all above the water. These platforms have connected to the mainland as well as to each other with pontoon bridges. The main roof of the Seema Malaka covered with brilliant blue tiles, which give it quite a striking appearance. The temple itself built using collected spindles and handrails in wooden finishes.


In the three platforms of the temple you will find a number of Buddha statues, depicted in various mudras. The central platform is where the meditation shelter is located. In one of the platforms you will also find a bo tree, which grown from a branch of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura. There are temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Kataragama deviyo and Ganesha in the main complex. A shrine which dedicated to Guanyin is also located onsite.

As you travel in the island with Green Holiday Centre, you will be able to visit this beautiful temple with great ease.


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