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Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum - Life, Works And Passion Of A Talented Writer

This ancestral house was refurbished and transformed into a museum to commemorate Martin Wickramasinghe, who was one of the most prominent intellectuals and writers in the island of Sri Lanka

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History

Surrounded by a well-maintained ecosystem with hundreds of indigenous trees and shrubs, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum is located in the southern coastal town of Koggala, in Sri Lanka. The ancestral home of the respected Sinhalese author late Martin Wickramasinghe was transformed into a folk museum complex by his trust fund.

How to get there

Visitors travelling to the southern coastal towns such as Galle, Ahangama, and Hikkaduwa can stopover at the folk museum to learn many unique things about Sri Lanka. There are plenty of Ahangama hotels the likes of Mosvold Villa where you can base yourself in during this trip.

The Hall of Life

This is where you find photographs, sketches, paintings, awards, souvenirs and a range of memorabilia associated with Wickramasinghe. Copies of the author’s published work, as well as handwritten manuscripts, are displayed.

The Samadhi

In this area, there are several artefacts that mirror Wickramasinghe’s interests, including Buddhist artefacts, writing utensils, documents on the evolution of the Sinhala alphabet, folk religious beliefs, fishing, pottery, puppetry, folk dance, traditional masks, musical instruments and various folk games.

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