Remember we brought an article about great day out with kids at parks? There are many ways that you can combine fun and learning in a day out. Today let’s discover some places where you can give your child an idea about how other cultures & religions look like…
Educational travel need not be a far away travel all the time… you can find a lot of interesting religious places in Colombo & suburbs too! (if you live away from Colombo, we will be bringing more places for you too, in the future) Choosing to take your children on trips can offer more benefits than the knowledge that they acquire from the trip itself such as greater cultural sensitivity, arousing curiosity to learn about new things and of course a lasting sweet memory!
If you have the opportunity to take your child to culturally different places he or she will acquire an appreciation for the differences and similarities that exist between different cultures. Tasting other cultures foods, hearing different languages can be an eye-opening experience for a child or an adult. Here are some cultural places we have found with in colombo city limit.
Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple
Gangaramaya Buddhist temple is a beautiful and vibrant temple with a history that dates back over 2,000 years.
This Temple is famous for its imposing buildings, and is complete with a chetiya (Pagoda), Bo Tree, Image House, Simamalaka, Relic Chamber containing the relics of the Buddha and Arahat Seevali, Museum, Library, Pirivena, and residential, education and alms halls.
Every year the Nawam Perahera held on the full moon day in the month of February marks as the Nawam Poya day which conducted by the Gangarama temple is a major tourist attraction.
Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya
Located about 10km away from Colombo, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple had been built more than 2000 years ago and contains statues of reclining and preaching Buddha along with frescoes depicting incidents from his life.
The other major attraction of this temple is the annually held “Duruthu Perahera”. This great pageant Perahera was first inaugurated in 1927 and has been held uninterrupted since then. “The Duruthu Perahera” (Kelani Procession) is held on the pre – full moon day of the month of January every year and celebrated in three colorful stages.
There are several Hindu temples which are also called “Kovils” in Colombo. On Sea Street in Pettah is the Kathiseran Temple dedicated to the war god Skanda. Built of South Indian granite is the Sri Ponnambalam-Vaneswaram temple, in Koch-chikade, three km north of Fort. In Colombo 10 the Sri Bala Selva Vinayagar Moorthy temple is devoted to Shiva and Ganesh. Other important temples are the Shiva Subramania Swami temple on Slave Island and the Sri Muthumariamman temple in Colombo 13.
Wolvendaal church is one of the oldest churches built during the Dutch era in 1749. The interior is decorated with Dutch furniture with the wooden carved pews, chairs, pulpit and lecterns.
One of the major highlights of the church is the Tombstones of 5 Dutch Governors, including the oldest Dutch tombstone in Sri Lanka, which were moved from a church within the Fort in 1813. The other attraction is the church organ, which is still in its perfect condition.
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque ( Red mosque )
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque at Second Cross Street, in the Pettah is one of the most striking buildings in Colombo and can be spotted very easily. This beautiful red and white design architecture mosque began to construct in 1908 and took almost a year to complete.
The Mosque is striped red and white like a layer cake, a design that is reminiscent of another mosque which was also completed in 1909, the Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur. The architect of the Jami-Ul-Alfar was Mr. H.L. Saibo Lebbe.
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