Independence Memorial Hall in Sri Lanka is usually popular as a recreational venue for joggers, strolling couples, students from the nearby university and families trying to find a refreshing reprieve from the urban environment of Colombo.
Independence Memorial Hall is found within the Independence Square at Colombo 7. This place is known as Torrington Square in early days. This Hall was built for the commemoration of the independence from British in 1948. The hall was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the beginning of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurring at a special podium February 4, 1948.
This Hall is predicated on the architecture of the Audience Hall( Magul Maduwa) located in Kandy. The column and pillers are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan designs and statues of lions are placed around the building.
Most of the visitors had missed the museum located within the basement of the Independence Memorial Hall. This was recently renovated and displays many statues of the national heroes, who contributed to the fight for freedom from British government.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
1. Visit the Memorial Hall- The Memorial Hall is an open sided hall with beautifully carved cement columns and a shapely tiled roof. Statues of seated lions surround this hall which is used for ceremonial functions.
2. Visit the Museum- The museum consists of stone busts of all the people who fought valiantly for our country’s independence.
3. A great place for Exercise- The walkways and the garden around the Independent Square attract cyclists, joggers and all those who wish to get some exercise.
4. Visit the Arcade- The Arcade is located a hop away from the Independence Square. At the Arcade you could either shop or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants.