Giant Bodhi Tree in Prachinburi

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At Wat Ton Pho Sri Maha Pho in Sri Mahosot District of Prachinburi, there is a giant Bodhi tree that is believed to be over 2,000 years old. It has a circumference of 20 meters and a height of 30 meters making it both the biggest and oldest of its kind in Thailand.

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Thais believe that this tree is an offshoot of the original bodhi tree that The Lord Buddha meditated and became enlightened underneath over 2,550 years ago. A sapling of this tree was brought to Thailand many years ago via Sri Lanka.

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King Rama V mentioned this bodhi tree during his travels in Prachinburi in 1908. He wrote “…it is an old and a highly worshipped tree”. The bodhi tree is a symbol of Buddhism and was later adopted as the emblem for Prachinburi province.

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