Colombo Club

Colombo Club Building
The Colombo Club (Sinhala: කොළඹ සමාජය) is located at the Taj Samudra Hotel premises overlooking Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Colombo Club is considered the second-oldest social club in Sri Lanka as well as one of the oldest social clubs in Asia. It was established in 1871 for the promotion of social intercourse among gentlemen residing in Ceylon and the then Governor of Ceylon, Sir Hercules Robinson (Governor of British Ceylon: 1865-1872) was among its founding members (Wright, 1999). In the beginning, its membership was limited to the British and Europeans and the club building was used as a resting place and a pavilion for them for watching horse racing at Galle Face Green (Manathunga, 2016). In 1893, it turned into a clubhouse (Manathunga, 2016).


1) Manathunga, S. B., 2016. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Kolamba Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-39-9. pp.45-46.
2) Wright, A. ed., 1999. Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon: Its History, People, Commerce, Industries, and Resources (first published in 1907). Asian Educational Services. pp.419.

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This page was last updated on 3 July 2023

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