Sapling from world's longest-living Bodhi tree planted in Bai Dinh pagoda


A sapling marcotted from a 2,300-year-old Bodhi tree, the oldest of its species in the world, has been planted at Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

The Bodhi sapling is planted in the Bodhi garden at Bai Dinh pagoda on March 25, 2023.(Photo: VNA)

The tree, named Sri Maha Bodhiya, stands in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It was said to be propagated from the famous Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was sitting when he gained enlightenment.

With permission from the Sri Lankan Government and the local pagoda housing the sacred fig and support from the South Asian country’s embassy in Vietnam, the sapling was planted in Bai Dinh at a ceremony on Saturday. 

The ceremony followed a pilgrimage starting Tuesday by monks and Buddhist followers from the Vietnamese pagoda to Sri Lanka to bring the sapling to Vietnam.

Bai Dinh pagoda is part of the Trang An Landscape Complex that was recognised as a World Cultural And Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.