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Antiquities Replica Centre (ARC)

Antiquities Replica Centre (ARC) is situated on the main Colombo - Kandy Highway in a picturesque location in the village of Bataleeya inPasyala famous for its roadside sale of Cashew nuts. This is the only state managed institution in the country that ensures authentic, quality and immaculately produced artefact replicas.

The ARC is managed by the Central Cultural Fund (Custodian Organization for UNESCO Declared World Heritage Sites) under the Ministry of Cultureand the Arts. Its main objective is to replicate images in different forms of art that includes paintings, sculptures and carvings predominantly of Sri Lanka’s past that represents our rich civilization.

ARC Objectives
To conduct special training courses in art, sculpture and carving giving special emphasis on making replicas of artefacts.
To highlight the ancient traditions and historical values of our country in the international arena by promoting these replicas overseas.
To ensure that tourists who visit our country receive authentic, high quality replicas with real value.
To prevent the illegal smuggling of antiques out of Sri Lanka by reproducing and making them available at sales centres for collectors of antiques.
To generate more employment opportunities in the cultural sector in order to achieve the above objectives.
To empower youth craftspeople who are talented in artistic expressions.


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