In the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital lies a place that epitomizes the nation’s journey to independence and its architectural elegance, the Independence Square. Serving as a memorial hall, a cultural monument, and a park all in one, it is one of the most visited places in the country.
The Monument of Liberation
The Independence Memorial Hall is the centrepiece of Independence Square and serves as a symbol of Sri Lanka’s liberation from colonial rule. It was built to commemorate the nation’s independence from British colonial rule on February 4, 1948, and was designed by renowned architect Tom Neville Wynne-Jones. The grand edifice is a captivating fusion of styles, blending both British and Sri Lankan elements in its unique architecture.
As you approach the monument, its grandeur will strike you. Tall stone columns gracefully rise, forming an open pavilion beneath a magnificent dome. The intricate carvings, reflecting Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, adorn the structure. The monument’s interior houses a statue of the first Prime Minister of independent Ceylon, D.S. Senanayake, paying homage to his pivotal role in the nation’s history.
An Evening at Independence Square
As the sun sets, Independence Square in Colombo becomes a bustling spot for both locals and tourists to unwind. The cooling breeze and the sight of the illuminated monument against the night sky make for a perfect ambience to experience the cultural vibrancy of the city. It’s an ideal time to relax and soak in the lively atmosphere of Colombo. Walking and jogging around the memorial is one of the most calming things to do in Colombo, and you can enjoy the lovely Colombo nights at the end of your run.
Independence Square is open to the public, and there is no entry fee. It’s conveniently located in the heart of Colombo, close to famous hotels such as The Kingsbury Colombo, making it easily accessible. The monument and gardens are well-maintained, offering an ideal spot for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful oasis in the midst of urban life.