Sri Lanka Planetarium has attracted a regular stream of stargazers and field-tripping school kids ever since it opened back in 1965. With its interesting architecture and engaging staff, it proudly stands as the first and only planetarium in Sri Lanka.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Sri Lanka Planetarium in Colombo is its interesting and strangely familiar architecture. Designed by A. N. S. Kulasinghe, the chief engineer of the State Engineering Corporation of Ceylon, it was built in the shape of a lotus in full bloom. It also borrowed from two famous buildings on different continents: the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral by Sir Frederick Gibberd, and Oscar Niemeyer’s Cathedral of Brasília.

Following a much-needed refurbishment in 2014, the planetarium now has 570 seats below its main dome, onto which a new 4D/Digital full dome projector displays the universe in all its glory.