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Address: Amarapura, Amarapura, Myanmar
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A humbling experience - PLEASE respect the monks during their procession

We visited this monastery in time to see the monks process for their final meal of the day. It is quite spectacular to see so many in one place and very humbling to see how they... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We visited this monastery in time to see the monks process for their final meal of the day. It is quite spectacular to see so many in one place and very humbling to see how they tolerated the shocking behaviour of some of the tourists who felt their need to get hundreds of photos at any price took precedence over... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This was one of the most interesting things we did in the 2 weeks in Myanmar. Over 1000 Monks parking down for their morning meal. We bought fruits, pens, notebooks, toothpaste and soaps to give to the Monks and tremendously enjoyed doing so and see all of them go through this daily experience. BUT, we were very disappointed to see... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

we just passed by at lunch time when all the monks get ready. I did not like it that much because many tourists were waiting for the monks to come, lined up....

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Visited the Mahagandayon Monastery as part of a taxi tour. Our arrival was timed to see the resident monks queuing up collecting gifts from visitors as well as their rice for lunch. We were able to observe rice & food preparation in the main kitchen as well as the dining hall where the monks ate their meals. Its unfortunate that... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

You see several hundred monks of all ages walking to lunch. It is nothing special, you see a lot of monks all over the country.

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München, Deutschland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I had tried to avoid this temple at 10:00 am but the driver just dropped me to see a "must see" temple. The parking lot is full of buses and private cars, all shoving their tourists into this temple to see 1.500 monks when lining up and eating their meal in silence. It was honestly the most appalling thing I... More 

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Northern Cal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

It was good to see the alms round at 10:30 for hundreds of monks. Very touristy with its pros and cons (it brings awareness of monastic life, yet some tourists are pushy with poor manners). You can bring some food/packages of snacks to contribute; remember to bring enough as the monks at back of the line rarely get any. There... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Great place of course but western tourists are really driving mad about the pictures: they are pushing each other, taking their cameras to the monks faces and through the windows of the food hall where they having their meal. It all seems like the show for the people when everybody is trying to take the best picture for the social... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

Hundreds of monks live at this monastery and they have this procession to lunch that the tourists are allowed to watch and photograph - kind of like a parade. Strange and felt embarrassing to be there. But like a bad accident - you can't help but look... and snap photos. At least they don't let the tourists into the dining... More 

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Penrith, Australia
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

It is incredible to believe the generosity of the people of Myanmar to the monks and nuns and this is no exception. Each day over 1000 monks/nuns from novices through to those that are adept at the religious beliefs are fed by a family of patrons. Crowds gather for the 10:30 ritual. The ladies who have been selected to feed... More 

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