The city of Colombo boasts 3 ancient clock towers. The Khan Clock Tower at the entrance to the Pettah market, Koch Memorial Clock Tower, is located on Kynsey Road and the Colombo old light house which was converted to a Clock Tower.
The Khan Clock tower lies at the beginning of Main Street of Colombo which intersect with Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha, Malwatta Road and Abdul Carder Road.The Clock Tower was built in the early 20th century by the family of Framjee Bhikhajee Khan. This Parsi family hailed from Bombay, India and also owned the famous Colombo Oil Mills as well as other business interests in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then called.
The clock tower also provided a working water fountain, but this no longer functions. The plate on the clock tower carries the inscription: “This clock tower and fountain was erected to the memory of Framjee Bhikhajee Khan by his sons Bhikhajee and Munchershaw Framjee Khan as a token of affectionate gratitude and dedicated through the Municipal Council to the citizens of Colombo on the fourth day of January 1923, the 45th anniversary of his death.”
The Tower is roughly four storeys high and is situated on a landscaped roundabout that marks the entrance to the famous market.
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Map of Khan Clock Tower of Colombo
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|Route from Galle Face Roundabout to Khan Clock Tower of Colombo|
|Distance : 2.6 km|
Travel time :15 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map