Writing to the Central Cultural Fund on 27 December that year, the then trustee of the temple Inamaluwe Sumangala Thera had wanted a halt to the sale of tickets.
Accordingly, the director of the CCF ordered a suspension with effect from 01 January 1994.
However, from 1999, a foreigner visiting Rangiri Dambulu Vihara had to buy a ticket for Rs. 1,500.
The earnings in a 16 year period until 2015 were Rs. 38,534,500, according to a report by the commissioner of Buddhist affairs.
That report says the daily visits by foreigners to the temple did not exceed five persons.