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Recreational Activities

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COLOMBO

The National Museum of Colombo was founded in 1877 and is the country's largest museum. Divided into a cultural section and a science section, the museum exhibits various antiques and artifacts, including the throne and crown of ancient Kandyan monarchs. The cultural division features items such as ancient coins, paintings and traditional masks, while the science section features collections of mammal skins, a dry mounted collection of butterflies, moths and other insects and several unique botanical specimens. A visit is highly recommended for guests who wish to learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of the country.

THE GALLE FACE GREEN

The Galle Face Green is a promenade that stretches half a kilometre along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 under the orders of the Governor of what was then British Ceylon, Sir Henry Ward, and also used for horse racing and as a golf course. The Galle Face Green is a popular destination for children, vendors, teenagers, lovers, kite flyers, merrymakers and all those who want to revel in their favourite recreation by the sea under the open sky. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, the land is busy with day-trippers, picnickers and street food vendors.

THE GANGARAMAYA TEMPLE

The Gangaramaya temple is one of the most revered places of worship in the country, a recognised learning centre and a place of great beauty. The temple is made up of several buildings including a pagoda, relic chamber, library, museum, educational hall and residential hall. The architecture of the temple reflects a blend of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian and Chinese elements and a number of stone carvings, brass work and other pieces of art can be found in the temple. The temple is also active in Buddhist welfare work and attracts large numbers of visitors of all religions and nationalities annually.

INDEPENDENCE MEMORIAL HALL

This is a national monument in Sri Lanka built to commemorate the independence of Sri Lanka from British rule with the establishment of the dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948. Located at the head of the monument is the statue of the first prime minister of the country Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake, "The Father of the Nation". Most of the annual National Independence Day celebrations have been held here. Apart from being a monument, it served as the ceremonial assembly hall for the Senate of Ceylon and the House of Representatives of Ceylon until the parliament was moved to the new parliament complex. Currently it stands as the venue for many religious events and annual national day celebrations.