Chunnakam Dutch Market Building (චුන්නාකම් ඕලන්ද වෙලඳපොල ගොඩනැගිල්ල)

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Chunnakam (ancient name: Hunugama) is a town in the Jaffna peninsula lying about 10 km off the Jaffna town on the Kankasanthure road. Chunnakam (Hunugama) is most known for the ancient Kadurugoda Viharaya of the Anuradhapura era.

Another item of interest at Chunnakam is the old market building built by the Dutch during its occupation of Sri Lanka between 1658 and 1796.

This building plays the same role today for which it was built over 200 years ago. Chunnakam market is a thriving marketplace serving the town from vegetables to clothes to mobile phones sold at the various shops setup in the area.

Unfortunately, new sheds have been setup to open room for new hawkers covering this magnificent building from all sides. Although declared as an archaeological monument, the central Dutch building is badly in need of maintenance if not conservation.

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Traveling directions to Chunnakam Dutch Market Building

Jaffna can be reached through 2 directions. The first one is over the Elephant Pass which is the normal route to Jaffna. The other entrance is from Pooneryn over the newly built Sangupiddi Bridge. This road connects to Mannar.

Route 01 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Kurunegala)Route 02 from Colombo to Jaffna (Through Puttalam)
Through : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance : 400 km
Travel Time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Vavuniya
Distance : 400 km
Travel Time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google maps

Travel directions from Jaffna town to Chunnakam Dutch Market Building

Distance : 9.5 km
Travel time : 20 min
Time to spend : 30-45  mins
Driving directions : see on google map