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Bodhi (Bo) Tree

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Standardized huts for the vendors. Canopy for the pathway connecting Ruwamali Saya and The Sacred Bo Tree. Battery operated vehicles for the sights to minimize the Damage to the sacred bo tree etc...caused by vehicle emission.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

As a Buddhist doing a pilgrimage trip this was a very special place to visit, made even better by the fact that it is the only place in Sri Lanka where tourists are not charged anything to get in. A very serene place and a great place to sit and reflect.

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The tree is kept elevated and guarded, so all you can see from down below is just a few branches with no indication of how huge it really is. But the temple on the ground is a real Buddhist temple, and you can see people praying, chanting and meditating. Overall, not a bad site, but perhaps not the most exciting... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Even though I am not a Buddhist, I could sense the "sacredness" of the place. The original Bo tree is now just a thin remnant (almost like a branch). We went on a Sunday, and the temple was quite crowded with pilgrims dressed in white. Perhaps you can avoid Sundays to have a more peaceful visit. I would also recommend... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I have seen many sacred places in Sri Lanka, so this time I just wanted to see "The Tree" but there are just buildings around so you can only see branch or two. People pray at metal construction supporting the branch...truly spiritual...

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The place was good and neatly maintained. But you need to walk for quite a distance on barefoot with the sun beating down.

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

To experience the immensity, history and beauty of this complex of temples, palaces and museums, one may want to fortify themselves and plan to tour for a good part of a day. We visited on a Sunday during which multitudes of pilgrims dressed in white were bringing flowers and offerings to the ancient temple Mahavihara, the site of the Sacred... More

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