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“One of the best sites in Sri Lanka..”

Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
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Private Day Tour: Anuradhapura and Mihintale from Dambulla
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“One of the best sites in Sri Lanka..”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

It is always nice to see worship peers living their faith,and this was so true here at this important temple.The famous Bo tree ( one of the oldest in the world) is revered by the pilgrims and is well protected but it does stop people getting quite near.

Visited September 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Fun to watch the crowds”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The temple surrounding the Bo tree is not particularly special. But this being a very holy place, many families come here to pray all dressed in white. It is a nice place to hang around watching people go by. Afterwards you can light a candle for good luck for a small fee.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore
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“A very sacred place”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

It's important to know that this is not the tree that Siddhartha sat under to attain enlightenment. That tree died, and it was in India. This tree comes from his trusted disciple, who took a cutting of a similar tree in that area. It was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta and a crew of families. These families still take care of it today, 2241 years later.

"According to the Mahavamsa, the Sri Maha Bodhi in Sri Lanka was planted in 288 BC, making it the oldest verified specimen of any angiosperm. In this year (the twelfth year of King Asoka's reign) the right branch of the Bodhi tree was brought by Sanghamittā to Anurādhapura" (Wikipedia - Bodhi Tree)

You cannot see the tree in it's entirety, only the upper branches. The tree is surrounded by several barriers and golden fences. On the upper most level is where the 'families' will stand to protect it. There are also men trained to scare away monkeys as they believe the monkeys would destroy the fragile branches. They throw rocks at make noise to keep them at bay. Quite comical at times this battle.

This is a must see if you are in the area for the sheer history behind the tree.

Visited December 2012
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“A most Sacred place of worship to Buddhists.”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Its a very sacred place to all Buddhists, also the Bo tree is the oldest recorded tree in the world, it dates back 2500 years.

Visited September 2012
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“Nice but overrated”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

It is one of the oldest trees in the world with around 2400 years. But the tree is very small and thin. You can see it only from distance, because it is inside the temple.

Visited December 2012
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