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“You cannot see the tree”

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
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Owner description: This city is known as the home of an offspring of the Bo tree where the Buddha found enlightenment.
San Francisco, California
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“You cannot see the tree”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 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 one to see.

Visited June 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Stunning history and very holy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 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 using the guide - Asoka - who gave us an excellent introduction and crash course to Buddhism and the Bo tree (perhaps one of the reasons why we enjoyed visiting this Tree). Asoka can be reached at +94 718907081.

Visited May 2014
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“Fake! No tree...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

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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Bengaluru, India
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“Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

The place was good and neatly maintained. But you need to walk for quite a distance on barefoot with the sun beating down.

Visited April 2014
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Colorado
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“An overwhelming ancient city!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 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 Bo Tree. Here is a good place to sit or pause to absorb the spiritual meaning of this site for the Sri Lankan people. After visiting here, my guide led me to the following main sites within this complex: Ruvansalisaya Dogoba, Jetavana Museum, Jetavana Dagoba, LUNCH (outside of the complex), Lankarama Abhayagir Dogoba and the Twin Ponds (aka Kuttam Pokuna). To cover this large area you will need a car/tuk tuk or marathon stamina to go on foot. In the end, this visit was a 5 star experience.

Visited March 2014
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