The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948.
The building was designed by a group of eight notable architects led by Tom Neville Wynne-Jones CBE, and included F.H. Billimoria, Shirley de Alwis, Oliver Weerasinghe, Homi Billimoria, Justin Samarasekera and M. B. Morina.
The Memorial Hall was featured as a Pit Stop on the 4th season of The Amazing Race Asia, the 1st season of The Amazing Race Australia, and the second season of the Israeli edition of The Amazing Race.
Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the restoration of full governing responsibility to a Ceylonese-elected legislature on February 4, 1948.
Independence Memorial Hall is located in Independence Square in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.
Independence Memorial Hall Construction started 4 February 1949.
Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.
The temple’s architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.
Gangaramaya Temple was the home for erudite scholars such as Ratmalana Sri Dharmarama Thero, Waskaduwa Sri Subhuti Thero, Weligama Sri Sumangala Thero, Welivitiye Dhammaratna Thero, and Pandit Batuwantudawe.
The land bordered on two sides by the Moragoda Ela and the Pettigala Ela was used to build the temple, which was subsequently named the Padawthota Gangaramaya Viharaya.
Gangaramaya Temple was established in 1885 by Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera.
The original structure slowly sank into the water in the 1970s. In 1976, Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was brought in to redesign and construct the temple, which stands today.
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is a suburb of Colombo Metropolitan Region.
There are 2 Divisional Secretary in the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area: Dehiwala Divisional Secretariat & Ratmalana Divisional Secretariat.
The Estimated Population of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is 245,974.
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia covers 2109 hectares.
Notable people of Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia: Chandima Gomes, Ranil Abeynaike, Uthum Herat, Devaka Fernando, R. D. Gunaratne, Desmond Fernando, Marvan Atapattu, Arittha R Wikramanayake, Elanga Wikramanayake, Eric Wikramanayake, Gayesha Perera & Vivien Leigh.
Geographic coordinates of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is Latitude: 6°50′24″ N, Longitude: 79°52′16″ E.
Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery, which runs along the coast to the south of the country.
The Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area receives an average annual rainfall between 2000 and 3000 mm mainly during the south-west monsoon and the intermonsoon periods.