May 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the world’s first International Buddhist Museum today at 4 pm in Kandy.
The International Buddhist Museum is situated in the premises of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. It is established with the contributions from 17 Buddhist countries.
The Museum is located in the ancient military complex building that was built by the British colonial rulers in the 19th century. The government vested the building to the Most Sacred Temple of Tooth for the purpose of establishing the Museum.
The renovations and the setting up of the International Buddhist Museum complex were completed at a cost of Rs. 200 million.