the Seema Malakaya temple

Picture by: Muditha Katuwawala, Rotaract Shutterbug Trainee

The small but captivating Seema Malakaya on Beira Lake consists of two island pavilions. It was designed by Geoffrey Bawa in 1985, one of Colombo’s most prominent architects. The temple are blue-roofed structures in the Kandyan style. The design provides ample protection against heavy rain while still allowing the flow of breeze. Two of the three islands are bordered by a row of Buddha images, and one of them even has a bodhi tree and a stupa.

Two pavilions make up the temple which was designed as an assembly hall and training centre for monks and run by the Gangaramaya Temple. The pavilions rest on their own “floating” platforms which are joined by wooden walkways. A third platform held the stupa and bodhi tree.

This picture depicts the entire temple at night during Vesk.


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