Temple of the Tooth

Kandy Travel Blog

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In about 20 minutes we walked from our hotel to the Temple of the tooth Relic, the creation of the last King Wimalladharmasuriya I (!!!). It is not only known for its great kings who ruled the city for almost 225 years independently until the British took over in 1815, it is also the place where the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha is laid in Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist shrine.

 

In 1998 the temple was badly damaged by a massive truck bomb (attack by LTTE, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). Due to this attack there are stringent security checks. Because of restoration work there is hardly any evidence left of the attack.

 

Visiting the temple complex was very impressive. Especially looking at hundreds of Buddhists praying and offering flowers.

The Sri Dalada museum (part of the complex) is interesting too. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures inside the museum.

 

After visiting the temple complex we had lunch and walked around in the city centre of Kandy. Temperature was very high!

After this we treated ourselves with a Ayurvedic body massage.

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Shoes off
Shoes off
Drummers Courtyard
Drummers' Courtyard
To the upper level of the shrine r…
To the upper level of the shrine …
Drummers Courtyard
Drummers' Courtyard
Audience Hall
Audience Hall
Library
Library
Gangway museum
Gangway museum
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Golden roof
Golden roof
City centre
City centre
Kandy lakeside
Kandy lakeside
View on the hotel we were staying
View on the hotel we were staying
Kandy
photo by: halilee