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Address: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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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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This tree is very old and looks like it is tired. Well protected by a fence and security. Many Buddhist people visit this place. Nice to see how devoted the people are.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
marti j
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297 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This tree is very old and looks like it is tired. Well protected by a fence and security. Many Buddhist people visit this place. Nice to see how devoted the people are.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fact that you cannot get close to the tree shows that it must be at least very old and under conservation. However, i have seen trees which are thicker and higher and that's why I doubt that this tree is the oldest in the world. Hiowever, it's interesting to hear the stories and see the people practicing their religion.

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Thank JoshRosberg83
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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104 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place in the evening. It has been said that this tree is the part of the main tree under which Sree Buddha attained enlightenment in India; and this was brought into Sri Lanka by Sanghamitra, the daughter of King Ashoka more than 2000 years back. The main tree is not accessible by the public for security reasons,... More 

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Thank Sghosh1967
Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most important temples and worth a visit. Fascinating that the tree is reported to be 2,500 years old and so important that it's propped up like an old human. Go early to miss the heat.

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Thank steadyslack
Vienna, Austria
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74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If in Sri Lanka, make sure to visit a Buddhist temple. This is a nice one, giving you a good impression. However, the tree can only be seen from below and you cannot get real close.

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Thank lilgreenwoman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a significant place for workshop. It was interesting to see the prayer flags and the wrapped coins to give the tree significance. Locals prayed and gave flower and food offerings. For most temple visits you will need to remove your shoes and men must remember every their hats. Dress modestly. Bare arms and chests must be covered.

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NSW AUSTRALIA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second last stop in our visit of the ancient city, we had started at 8.00am which was great before the crowds and the heat of the day. By the time we arrived here it was the middle of the day, incredibly hot and extremely busy as it was Saturday, a holiday for the locals. An okay visit,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I realise it's a place of special significance, but they have gone to great lengths to support this tree.

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Thank PeteLucy434
U S A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleasant and satisfying experience. Makes you feel at peace. It has a very tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

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Thank jrkadambi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there as part of my exploration of archaeological sites. The tree itself I didn't go inside to as they wanted 200 rupees and it was lunch time so it was shut anyway. I didn't feel the same sacred energy as in bod guya in India plus I have seen and mediated under so many of those trees. I... More 

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