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Address: Amarapura, Amarapura, Myanmar
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Private Tour:Explore the Wonders of Mandalay Including Lunch on Boat
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Alms rounds at 10:30AM; very touristy.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank sactokw
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the monastery because our driver insisted it should be part of our circuit but we, like other reviewers here, were horrified by the bad behaviour of other tourists who blocked the pathway and thrust long camera lenses into the faces of the novices as they queued to go in to breakfast. Some even followed them and pushed their... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only had a short time in Mandalay, so hired a guide to take me to all the sights. After seeing U Bein Bridge, I was asked if I would like to see the Monastery, I said yes, without realizing I would also witness the daily procession of the monks to receive food and other donations. Hundreds of tourists line... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I write this in hope that it will be well received from fellow travelers. Going to Myanmar many times I have stopped by Mahagandayon. It is an attraction where tour companies bring tourists in car loads for them to watch the monks line up for lunch. With 1000 monks living here it is of course a sight, but people please... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to spend some time with a very lovely Monk before he left for breakfast duties. The monastery is a very peaceful place where visitors are free to walk around and see the monks going about their daily duties etc. I enjoyed our visit there and was very grateful to our new found friend that resided there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Was but uncomfortable to be a tourist in a monastery watching the monks eat. This place definitely has positive vibes, afterall the prayers of the thousands of monks are in the air. Visited the huge kitchen. Was out of this place in about 45 minutes.

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