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Bodhi (Bo) Tree

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 19 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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Nairobi
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

spiritual place u dont want to miss when u here in Sri Lanka.. i had an amaizing experience at this place.. my mind was so much at peace as soon as i entered the courtyad of this temple..

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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The atmosphere and building makes this place more interesting as the tree it self. You have to go barefooted on sand and gravel and after so many temples my feet were becoming painful. There is a place where you can leave your shoes guarded.

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Brisbane, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
72 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A fascinating place to go and see the Bo tree and watch Sri Lankan people worship. The flowers and offerings are certainly worth a visit!

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