Old Parliament Building

Attraction Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
02:00 PM
03:00 PM
Second-time visit
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The Old Parliament Building, is the building that houses the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka. It is in close proximity to the President's House, Colombo.

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Why Old Parliament Building is special ?

Built in the neo-baroque style of architecture, the Old Parliament Building is one of the major attractions of Colombo. The beautiful architecture and the history associated with the building is fascinating, to say the least. The building was opened on January 29, 1930 by Governor Sir Herbert Stanley. When the State Council of Ceylon was established a year later, the old building was used as the office space for the council.

The building was designated as the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1977. In 1983, the Sri Lankan parliament moved out to the new complex in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. Since then, the Old Parliament Building has functioned as the home to the Presidential Secretariat. You will find that the front garden of the building complex is host to several bronze statues of eminent statesmen including that of Rt Hon D. S. Senanayake, Hon Dudley Senanayake and General Sir John Kotalawela.

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What to explore at Old Parliament Building?

The building catches the attention of various tourists around the world with its huge building made up in Neo-Baroque style, built during the British colonial era, housing the Legislative council of Ceylon. The building was designed by A. Woodson and was opened on January 29, 1930. The front garden of the Old Parliament building has hosted several bronze statues of eminent statesmen including Rt Hon D.S. Senanayake, the first prime minister of Ceylon, Honorable Dudley Senanayake and General Sir John Kotalawela- Prime minister of Ceylon.

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How to get to Old Parliament Building?


There are 'TATA Nano' cars in service nowadays and the charges start from LKR40/km with air-conditioning and it is also a safe and convenient way to travel. Taxis are much safer than a three-wheeler.

Try Budget Taxi ☎ +94 11 729-9299. Quote of LKR2,800 (March 2015) from Galle Road to the airport.

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Selling points

  • Neo- Baroque Architecture
  • British Masterpiece with Sri Lankan touch
  • Good for photographs
  • Nice site for photos
  • Nice old building
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  • While you are there, you can also visit some of the finery hotels nearby.
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  • Entry to the building is not allowed.
  • It is visible from the Hilton Colombo hotel and the Galadari hotel on the Galle face side.
  • You can also get a clear view from the Galle face beach front.


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Old Parliament Building is one of the attractions facing the sea.The structure is fabulous,may be portugal style who had Built this. The lake besides it has lots of Birds which is added attraction.Its a stony structure but still looking fresh.The area besides it is always secured as it is a Helipad from where VVIPs Fly. Photo in front of the building is Muston your visit to colombo. a Photo shop a Fb Photo.

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