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Bodhi (Bo) Tree

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Anuradhapura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This city is known as the home of an offspring of the Bo tree where the Buddha found enlightenment.
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Cape Town
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We saw the tree on a day where many pilgrims were there offering gifts of thanks. There were a number of monks and nuns and people praying all around. It was a very special and spiritual experience, because of the worshipping crowds

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'm not religious at all (except for the Flying Spaghetti Monster, look it up trust me) but there is something special about this place. Groups of monks on pilgrimages praying in unison might have something to it but I had goose bumps the whole time I was here.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This tree is really old. There are much newer and younger trees all around the local area. If you like really old things go to this, but it is seriously old so don't go if you like newer trees.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Whenever I visit Anuradhapura, I always make it a point to visit this holy site. It can be very crowded but the mere sight of this sacred tree can have a calming effect on people

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Most scared tree for Buddhists . Always full of pilgrims. Why I am not rating this place as excellent is that it is not preserved in its original form of archeological value. Place look more modern than it's heritage of 2000+ years.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I loved this place so much. We went first thing in the morning right when it opened. Observing the pilgrims making offerings, praying and meditating before those beautiful bodhi trees was a wonderful and awe-inspiring sight. It is a busy spot but so peaceful. Definitely worth the trip!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited as part of our day tour of Anuradhapura city. No fee for tourists but 25 rupees for leaving our shoes (a tiny sum of money which I do not resent) and we were too gullible to avoid buying flowers to offer to the Buddha but this is clearly a holy site for practising Buddhists and we were happy to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Ancient city is amazing, $25 entry. Can get a tuc tuc anywhere in the new town and do the ancient city in a couple of hours or much cheaper way is to rent a bicycle for the day. It took me almost a whole day to see all the sites in old the city by bicycle ask your hotel for... More

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Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A must see, if only to marvel at its age and the attention lavished upon it. Quite crowded even in low season, and I did feel conscious that this is a place for religious observance rather than just visiting as a tourist.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is the known oldest tree of religious value in the whole world & worshipped by many people from all over the world, its of immense religious value to Buddhists. The temple & the surrounding areas are very clean & well kept since my last visit, which is a pleasure. Please be aware f the monkeys for people who have... More

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