Lotus Tower records 50,000th tourist since opening – By Mahinda Aluthgedara
Source : dailynews
Lotus Tower recorded 50,000 tourists in the past 16 months since its opening making it a leading tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.
Nelum Kuluna Management Private Company Chief Executive Officer retired Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said that since it was opened to the public on September 15, 2022, so many foreign tourists have visited and the 50,000th tourist is a Bulgarian woman and she was given a special prize.
There have been nearly 1.6 million local and foreign visitors, of which 50,000 foreign visitors and 1,522,000 local visitors by yesterday (31), he added.
Colombo Lotus Tower tickets are issued from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 9 pm and viewing is available until 10 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, tickets will be issued from 9 am to 10 pm and the opportunity to visit is available until 11 pm.
Although the total estimate of the Lotus Tower was initially estimated to be 104.3 million US dollars, the total amount spent on it was 113 million US dollars when its construction was completed after seven years.
However, only 14 million US dollars have to be paid from the money borrowed from China to build Lotus Tower.
The base section below the lotus bud consists of 3 floors and a digital cinema hall, a conference hall, several well-known commercial banks and offices for business organizations are to be established there.
The part with the lotus bud has seventh floors. Its first and second floors are reserved for television and radio transmission.
Two banquet halls are established in the third and fourth floors and the fifth floor is reserved for the revolving restaurant.Six luxury rooms installed on the sixth floor and the seventh floor of the lotus bud section is reserved for the viewing area.
A person who comes with a ticket to the Lotus Tower, which is built on an area of 30,600 square meters, gets the opportunity to stay on the seventh floor for 30 minutes and from there, people can see many places including Sigiriya, Adams’s Peak, and Knuckles Range.