The temple of the tooth

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

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gingerbatik gingerba…
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Kandy Tooth Relic Temple May 30, 2013
The temple located at the other side of the lake and it is open from morning till 8 pm.

The foreigner entrance fee is quite expensive. It cost usd 10 to enter the tempe and the temple is quite small and not much attraction for what it is. However it is free for local.

When I was there, plenty of local people inside and quite crowded. Unfortunately I couldn't really see the tooth relic itself as it was saved inside the box and the gate and it was guard buy 2 people outside and I couldn't even come close.

I would personally skip this as I have seen many beautiful temples than this one.
painting outside the entrance door
entrance door
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Cho says:
I agree with you about this temple. When we were there it was packed with people. The admission fee for non-Sri Lankans was expensive too! I saw the temple everyday from the balcony of our hotel room. Although we were very pleased with the location of our hotel I was not impressed with the temple itself. Did you go and see the cultural show in Kandy?
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013
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tj1777 tj1777
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The temple of the tooth Sep 11, 2011
Kandy is the main city in the Hill Country and the natural stopping point if you travel to or from the hill country. It’s the biggest city in the area but it is still so small you will be able to walk around easily. And where ever you go your main destination should be the biggest temple in town - the temple of the tooth. It’s the most sacred Buddhist sight in all of Sri Lanka.

The temple is an impressive sight and you should go there during one of the puja ceremonies during the day where you will see and hear the drummers and you can see the main attraction of the temple - a shrine with the sacred tooth.

The temple is built in honor of the tooth which was stolen from Buddha’s funeral fire in 543 BC it was smuggled to Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess and after some time it became a major symbol of power in Sri Lanka. Generally it was said whoever possessed the tooth was the true ruler of Sri Lanka. The tooth has been through a lot during the years. It was taken back to India by some invaders in 1283 but soon after this it was brought back to Sri Lanka. During the Portuguese rule the Portuguese stole the tooth and brought it to Goa - where they burned the tooth. This could have been the end of the tooth and the tradition of the temple of the tooth - but not so. The Sri Lankans said the Portuguese had not taken the tooth - but just a replica. To this day some even claim the real tooth isn’t on display - only a replica is on display and the real one is kept safely in a secret place.

There are a bit of security around the temple - which is probably due to the recent terror act at the temple when some Tamil rebels drove a truck with a bomb up to the temple in 1998. Today there is peace on Sri Lanka but the security remains.

The entrance fee is a bit expensive at 1.000 rupees but you can go to the temple early in the day and return for a later visit if you like. It can be interesting to go more than once to see the midday or evening puja if you miss the morning one. There seemed to be more people in the morning - but I visited on a full moon day which will be a lot different since the full moon day is the busiest day of the month in the temple. When you visit the temple you will get a DVD about the temple - but the content on the DVD isn’t all that interesting.
Locals coming for the full moon pu…
The tooth - cover by gold
Bell donated by Japanese
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sylviandavid says:
Congratulations on being featured.... Great review!!!
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Koralifix says:
Congrats on being featured, Mickey! Well done!
Posted on: Dec 15, 2011
six2midnight says:
Congrats on the review, good job :-)
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