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Address: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Description: This city is known as the home of an offspring of the Bo tree where the...
This city is known as the home of an offspring of the Bo tree where the Buddha found enlightenment.
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The Bo Tree

It is nice to see how the Sri Lankans honor and worship this holy place. The Bo tree is the centre of the complex.Hundreds of people from all over the country come here to pray... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I recommend to see this place (including the whole Anuradhapura) when Sri Lankan celebrate their New Year. The feast takes a week and during this time many Sri Lankan families from the whole country go to Bodhi Tree (and other sacred places) to bring sacrifices (flowers, food) and to pray. You hardly see any tourists.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We biked around Anuradhapura for the afternoon, which was a great way to see the sites, and while there was no sunset that day, we arrived at the Bodhi Tree as musicians lead a crowd carrying a 100m long multi coloured "ribbon" that was delivered to the monks who then wrapped it around the fence of the tree, with increasing... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It is nice to see how the Sri Lankans honor and worship this holy place. The Bo tree is the centre of the complex.Hundreds of people from all over the country come here to pray and offer flowers.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

To us this was just a very large old tree supported and surrounded with gold plated posts. It is hard to believe this tree is over 2000 years old.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Please wear white and wear something full length when you go there as a mark of respect. But it is not compulsory. It is quite a nice place and is quite active there. Was good to see people so engrossed in their activities. Also do not forget to visit the Stupa which is near it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This place is full of people dressed in white, nuns and monks saying their prayers. Very special to observe. You can buy Sri Lankas national flower outside (water lily) and offer it inside of one of the small temples around the tree. I liked all the flags surrounding the pavilion and the tree, they cast very nice shadows. Beautiful place.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We have seen the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya in India which we liked a lot better. This version is very small and as spiritual as we expected it.

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Queens, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Bodhi tree is more than 2600 years old. It was a very special trip for me as I am a Buddhist. I felt so peaceful and felt like I was giving respect and pray to Buddha, himself. If you could, please visit early in the morning and late evening to avoid the heat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Full of pilgrims reciting prayers and offering flowers wonderful to watch. Ground gets very hot, socks essential

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This tree is reputed to be one of the oldest in Sri-Lanka and important to Buddhists. It is surrounded by fences to protect it (unsderstandably) and difficult to photograph.

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