Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

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A World Heritage Site, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic plays home to one of Buddhism's most important relics, the tooth of the Buddha himself. Originally constructed in 1595, the temple played a key role in the nation's history, as local tradition held that the right to rule to country lay with the one who possessed the Buddha relic. You can enter the main hall of the temple and admire its vaulted ceilings and columned hallways adorned with golden statues of elephants, likenesses of the Buddha, and scenes from his life. Though you can't actually see the tooth itself, you'll get a chance to observe the gold casket that encloses it. Afterwards, you can wander the rest of the temple complex and discover its array of shrines, halls, and displays. Plan my trip to Kandy with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Once you in Kandy I would recommend to visit this temple and take guide that he/she can explain you meaning, purpose of Buddhist philosophy and history. We did and it was great experience as for us... 
    Once you in Kandy I would recommend to visit this temple and take guide that he/she can explain you meaning, purpose of Buddhist philosophy and history. We did and it was great experience as for us...  more »
  • It was overpriced and over rated. Avoid the guides just say no. Busy, It was a lot of Buddas . Felt that the place just wanted money. 
    It was overpriced and over rated. Avoid the guides just say no. Busy, It was a lot of Buddas . Felt that the place just wanted money.  more »
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  • must visit place, definite sacred place in the country. very well maintained and very neatly planned and organized. enough staff to guide the tourist around the premises. good security. very methodical. the serenity of the place is kept by the strict staff and also the people visiting are cautious. they have separate places to keep the foot wear before entering the temple. you need about 2hours to walk the entire area and visit the individual temples and the main premises with the relics. morning hours are preferred as the crowd is less in the morning and can do a leisurely visit at the temple and worship
  • commonly known as the ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව (Glorious Tooth Temple), is a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. The relic was historically held by Sinhalese kings. The temple of the tooth is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple and the relic.

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