World Buddhist Museum (Kandy)

World Buddhist Museum
The World Buddhist Museum (Sinhala: ලෝක බෞද්ධ කෞතුකාගාරය) is one of the Museums in Sri Lanka. It was established in a colonial-era building on the premises of the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

The museum building, built by the Department of Public Works in 1880, was originally used as the District Secretariat or Kachcheri (Abeywardana, 2004). It was then used as the High Court before converting it to a museum.

The museum houses a large collection of Buddhist artefacts from 17 countries including Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bhutan, and Afghanistan. The museum was declared open to the public on 20 May 2011 by then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa to mark the 2,600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi anniversary celebration.

1)  30492-Kandy by xiquinhosilva is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

1) Abeywardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Kandurata: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka.  pp.51-52.

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This page was last updated on 26 February 2023

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