The Independence Square at Colombo 7 is popular among locals as a place to jog, do some morning yoga or as a place to hang out after classes by university students. However, the hall was originally built to commemorate independence from British rule in 1948. Here are some fun facts about this unique feature.
This beautiful stone structure is filled with many architectural features that boast the country’s rich cultural history. The most prominent feature of the complex, the assembly hall was inspired by the ‘Magul Maduwa’ in Kandy where ironically, the Kandyans signed the Kandyan Treaty, agreeing to become a British Colony.
This is a very relaxing place to visit in Colombo, especially at night. There’s a big green meadow where you can take a relaxing walk and several cafes and some of the best restaurants in Colombo nearby if you want to grab a meal. Also Independence Square is easily accessible my popular Colombo hotels such as the likes of Mandarina Colombo.
Facing the pools of water in a quiet corner is a museum that quite frankly is so hidden away, that surely most locals don’t know about it. The memorial museum pays tribute to Sri Lankan national heroes who fought valiantly to free the country from British rule.
Photography and reservation for events
You can reserve this magnificent building for your wedding photography or any other large-scale outdoor event. All you have to do is contact the Department of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka; there are certain regulations set in place and you are required to pay a small fee.