Independence Memorial Hall

Located in Colombo 7, the significance of the independence memorial hall as a national monument cannot be exaggerated enough as it is very the site where Sri Lanka finally gained independence from the British Empire in 1948. Today, the well maintained lawns, the pools of water and recreational walking tracks have become a popular place to visit for leisure seekers and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Best Known For

Culture and Heritage:

  • The independence memorial museum located at the inner end of the memorial hall, facing the pools of water, provides an in depth history of the many independent movements during the country’s colonial rule and the events leading to the independence of 1948.

Sports and Recreation:

  • More recently, the complex has become a recreational venue for individuals to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle since it offers green lawns and open spaces to just relax or go for a gentle stroll.
  • It is considered a fitness enthusiasts’ paradise too with all the necessary facilities like walking / jogging tracks, cycling tracks and even a free gym.
  • It has also become popular for local running communities like ‘Colombo City Running’ (CCR) and ‘Colombo Night Runners’ to conduct casual runs in front of the prominent statue of D. S. Senanayake during the weekends for anyone interested.

Interesting Facts

  • The independence memorial hall serves as the venue where the first Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, D. S. Senanayake officially declared independence with HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester gracing the ceremony in 1948.
  • The independence memorial hall, sometimes called ‘Independence square’ or ‘Torrington square’ is a unique architectural monument which commemorates the independence of the country.
  • The quadrangular complex incorporates many traditional Sri Lankan designs adopted from the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka that existed before colonial rule, symbolising the island’s rich history and political freedom.
  • The most notable design is that of the hall’s interior, which takes inspiration from the Buddhist temple known as ‘Embekke Devalaya’ located in Kandy, belonging to the Gampola kingdom of the 14th century CE.
  • The inspiration of the 13th century Yapahuwa and Jaffna Kingdoms is reflected through the protruding statues of lions that surround the four corners of the complex; considered as feral guardians of the hall, along with many more guarding the colossal statue of the first Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • There is no such season to visit the Independence memorial hall as it is opened throughout the year.
  • The best time to visit the monument is during the weekend mornings or evenings since it is filled with life and activity.
  • A tour in the independence memorial museum will cost LKR 300 and is opened from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The museum at this time is normally quite empty, making it a much more suitable to time your visit.
  • Take part in a fun run organized by the running communities for a better, more fun filled experience.
  • It is, however, important to keep the surroundings clean and not indulge in any unruly behavior since the Independence Memorial Hall is one of historical significance and should be respected accordingly.

In conclusion, understand the history of the island, get away from city life or indulge in some fun activities or cardio training for that matter, by visiting the Independence Memorial Hall.

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