Temple of the Tooth Relic


  • Location: Kandy Lake side, Kandy District, Sri Lanka
  • Reason to visit: The tooth of Buddha Sakyamuni is enshrined here, which is the national treasure of Sri Lanka.
  • Our ratings: ★★★★★
  • Entrance fee: 1500Rs
  • Opening hours: 05:30am-20:00pm
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Temple of the Tooth Relic is a famous Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, and it was built in 1595. Located on the bank of Kandy Lake, the temple is famous for its offerings of Sakyamuni's tooth relic, which is known as the national treasure of Sri Lanka. It's also a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic


Main Constructions of the Temple of the Tooth Relic

Temple of the Tooth Relic was built in the 15th century. After successive Kings' continuous renovation and expansion, the whole building is magnificent in scale.

The main entrance is on the west gate, surrounded by the temple river. The monastery is built on a platform about 6 meters high and is divided into two floors. The hall is set in a complex structure, including the Buddha Hall, Drum Hall, Long Hall, inner hall, etc. The inner hall is on the second floor, dedicated to the national treasure Buddha tooth. In the middle of the inner hall is a huge sitting Buddha. The incense is lingering. The darkroom on the left side of the hall is the place where the Buddha's teeth are placed. There is a 7-story golden pagoda in the darkroom, and there are 7 small golden pagodas in the golden pagoda, one covered with one.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic

Each small golden pagoda contains treasures worshipped by Buddhists from various countries. There is a diamond on the top of the pagoda. The last small golden pagoda is less than 1 meter high. There is a golden lotus in the pagoda. The flower core has a jade ring and a Buddha tooth about 5 cm long. The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is surrounded by high walls, and there are temples at each of the four corners of the wall. These four temples are said to protect the Buddha Tooth built.

The Temple of the Tooth Relic


How to get to the Temple of the Tooth Relic

The visitors could walk to the Temple of the Tooth Relic from the Kandy train station or Bus station, and it takes about 10mins.



♦ Dress Code: Prohibited items of clothing include shorts, mini-skirts, tight-fitting trousers, any see-through items of clothing, sleeveless tops, sandals (excluding those with heel straps), sweatshirts, sweatpants, and pajamas.

♦ Dress conservatively is all you need. The gate of the temple is guarded by military police. All visitors must pass through the temple before entering.

♦ Although there is no photo prohibition in the temple, it is recommended not to take pictures due to the respect for the Buddha statue.

♦ Take off shoes when entering the temple.

♦ No intimate behaviors are allowed in the temple.


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