Independence Memorial Hall


Really a large memorial building to Sri Lanka’s 1948 independence from Britain, this huge stone edifice is loosely based on Kandy’s Audience Hall. It's now at the centre of buzz due to the glitzy new Arcade Independence Square shopping mall just south.

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