The International Museum of World Buddhism is located near to the Temple of the Tooth and is housed in the former High Court building. It is a place which provides a comprehensive study of Buddhism throughout Asia. The most striking thing about this museum is that it has sixteen rooms which are dedicated to different nations. This range from China to Maldives. It opened only in 2011.
This happens to be the only museum that showcases the expansion of Buddhism all through the world. It was established by Sir Dalada Maligawa to demonstrate the expansion of Buddhism. You can freely wander the different rooms where each country has curated their own exhibits. It is very interesting to note how the each has utilised their allotted space. The exhibits vary from simple, religious, beautiful and also pompous.
There are recreations of famous temples like the Angkor Vat to Java’s Borobudur. You can also spot paintings and Buddha statues from nations like Laos and Japan. The objects on display are obviously impressive and include ancient scrolls, queer musical instruments and many other interesting things of the past.
If you are interested in Buddhism and even if not, this is a wonderful place to learn new things and simple be in awe of the wonderful Buddhist culture around the world!
THINGS TO KNOW
Historical, Heritage, Museums
Sinhala and English