Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Galle contains much historical treasure in addition to her tropical and marine beauty. Galle contains some of the most pristine examples of colonial architecture on the island, as well as the island’s National Maritime Museum. The Galle district contains a real hidden gem of national treasure, and is a definite must concerning things to do in Galle.
Amongst other various treasures Galle has to offer such as the enigmatic Tamarind Hill Galle hotel, lies the Martin Wickremesinghe Folk Museum. If you’re unfamiliar with the namesake, Martin Wickremesinghe was a famous author native to Sri Lanka, whose books have been translated into several languages.
Following his death in 1976, his house was owned by a military officer, which enabled it to escape destruction during the war-time, a fate that many surrounding houses were unable to achieve. The house has since been converted into a museum showcasing various items and technology that were notably used by every-day Sri Lankan folk during Martin Wickremesinghe’s childhood.
One of the most notable exhibits within the museum is the one pertaining to transport. Displayed in the outer gardens are various modes of land transportation prevalent during his child-hood ranging from various horse-drawn carriages and even a significantly larger one that required the use of an elephant. You will also find uniquely abstract examples such as a ‘Temple Triacle’, a vehicle used by monks at the time.
Within the house of the late author is a celebration of his life, showcasing various pictures of him with prominent people, as well as various memorabilia. His remains, as well as those of his wife, were placed under a grass covered mound just outside the house. So if you happen to find yourself in Galle, take a look at this most unique museum.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+