Here was the first bank of Galle: The Oriental Bank
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Here was the first bank of Galle: The Oriental Bank. Originally part of the Governor’s House it was transformed into a bank by the British. To give it the stature of a bank, they added a second storey, some additional courtyards and arched veranda. Oriental Bank later changed into Chartered Mercantile Bank and later Commercial Bank, but the building was always a place of money. The original safe that is still in the building is a testimony to its heritage.
At the end of the British period the Young Women Christian Association moved in, and it became a place for dance evenings, social gatherings and training courses for women and girls in anything from flower arrangement to home cooking. The YMCA is still there today - their Christmas fair is a popular event – and they also provide space for some craft shops and the Fort kindergarten