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Bodhi (Bo) Tree

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Anuradhapura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This city is known as the home of an offspring of the Bo tree where the Buddha found enlightenment.
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Perth
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

When you hear 2,000 year old tree, or the oldest tree in the world you think of something amazing. Think again. It's a normal looking tree and you can barely see it anyway as it has a wall around it. Useless you're a Buddhist or history buff, don't bother. To make it worse the security guard said I couldn't enter... More

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Hong Kong, China
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128 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The branch of bo tree was brought here some 2,300 years ago directly from India by Sanghamitta thero, daughter of Emperor Ashoka. Although the tree was not very large or bushy in appearance, it has its spiritual value. As such many worshipers came and made their blessings and offerings and the whole area appeared to be peaceful but lively. Worshipers... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is a very important place in Sri Lanka specially for the Buddhist people. This is a branch of real Bo tree from India which Lord Buddha was enlightened. This was brought to Sri Lanka by Saṅghamittā thero who was the daughter of Emperor Ashoka in India. Where well covered cloths if you wish to visit this place.

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Lyon, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The tree itself was a big disappointment; it was neither enormously big, nor specially beautiful. You easily see nicest ones all around the country. I do agree though that the ambience is pretty mystical and the site is "alive". By the way don't expect to approach the tree too close: there is a wall around it, apparently to avoid illnesses... More

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Stockholm
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Religious site so you have to be aware of your clothing and be prepared to go barefoot. Here it is not good to stress better to adapt the speed of walking to the other visitors. Peaceful atmosphere.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Despite the 2000 year old tree being a fair bit smaller than we expected, the area is quite magical, it would be a perfect spot for some meditation when it's not too busy,.

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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is apparently the oldest tree recorded in history (2,300 years old) - the level of devotion and love shown to the tree and the Buddha it represents, is wonderful to see. A real live Buddhist venue, with non-tourist activities going on. Peaceful, happy and beautiful place. The tree is surrounded by a structure to keep people away, a bit... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The Sri Lankans claim this buddhist bodhi tree is the oldest tree in the world. It is certainly sacred and the site of religious pilgrimage for Buddhists. Tourists should go quietly and respectfully. You will also notice extensive security the result of Tamil attacks in the 90's.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Came here thinking that. It's actually the oldest and living human-planted tree in the world. The tree looks old no doubt but it looks like any other Bo tree you can find in Sri Lanka.

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Cape Town
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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