Colombo Lotus Tower


Casting a shadow over Slave Island, the 350m Lotus Tower is set to open by sometime in 2018. With a bulbous top meant to resemble the namesake blossom, this soaring erection (24m taller than the Eiffel Tower) will have telecommunications equipment and an array of tourist attractions, including an observation deck at the top and a restaurant at the base. Like most other recent mega-projects in Sri Lanka, it is being financed by China.

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1. Pettah Floating Market

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2. Colonial Storefronts

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3. Altair

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4. Manning Market

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5. Gangaramaya Temple

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6. Federation of Self Employees Market

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7. Seema Malakaya Meditation Centre

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8. De Soysa (Lipton) Circus

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