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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
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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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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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Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The symbolism of this place is the attraction, as well as the feeling of peace around it. The story goes that the old tree is a direct descendant of the bodhi tree under which the Buddha found enlightenment. Don't forget to pack a pair of old socks because you have to take off your shoes, and the ground is hot.

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Adelaide, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a very holy site for Buddhists and most Sri Lankans and the ambience around the tree and the buildings is very peaceful and relaxing. While you cannot get close to the tree itself you can view the canopy and enjoy the calm.

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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I rolled in by train to Anuradhapura around 10AM-a little behind schedule-but with plenty of time to see the Bodhi Tree. I was a little disappointed to discover the tree was only viewable from a distance, behind a locked gate. TIP: No one tells you this, but they open it up after 2pm daily for visitors to get a closer... More 

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UK
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115 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This sacred tree, grown from a sapling of the original Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya India and brought here by Asoka's daughter Sanghamitta in the 3rd century BC, is of enormous significance to Buddhists from all over the world. This is a central and very sacred place of pilgrimage and the atmosphere is very special, especially so during daily puja's and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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70 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

As others have said, it's just a tree - but it is a hugely important and sacred one if you are a Buddhist. The amount of care and attention that it has received over the centuries has been remarkable, and all carefully recorded too. It's also worth a visit even if you're not a Buddhist. However, as others have also... More 

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Perth
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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15 helpful votes 15 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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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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