General Post Office, Colombo

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The old General Post Office – Janadhipath Mawatha (President's Street), Colombo fort.

The General Post Office (abbreviated: GPO) is the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Post. It is also the office of the Post Master General.


The General Post Office building was built in 1895 opposite the Governor's residence at the King's House (currently the President's House), on King's Street (currently the Janadhipath Mawatha). This Edwardian style building housed the GPO until recently, when it was moved for security reasons. A new GPO building was built for the Sri Lanka Post.

The original building on Queen's Street was built by Arasi Marikar Wapchi Marikar 1829-1925, paternal grandfather of Sir Razik Fareed, Kt., JPUM, OBE, b:29-Dec-1893, d:23-Aug-1984. Wapchi Marikar also built the Colombo Museum, Colombo Customs, Old Town Hall in Pettah, the Galle Face Hotel, Victoria Arcade, Finlay Moir building, the Clock Tower, Batternburg Battery etc. The Old Town Hall in Pettah, which is now a busy market, was built on a contract for the sum of 689 Streling Pounds.

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